Danielle Delude begins her ninth season at the helm of the Vixen softball program for the 2017-18 season. In the past eight seasons the Vixens have placed five players on the ODAC Sportsmanship team, one player on the ODAC Honorable mention team, and in 2010 six players were named to the ODAC All-Academic team.
During the 2016-17 school year, Delude was also named Sweet Briar's Senior Woman Adminastrator, to go along with her roles as the strength and condiitioning coach and SAAC advisor.
Delude came to Sweet Briar after coaching at Stonehill College for six years. Prior to that post, Delude served as assistant coach for the Skyhawks for four years. While at Stonehill, Delude guided her teams to the highest win totals for the softball program. Through her guidance her teams have excelled both on the field and in the classroom. She coached a number of all conference teams and all conference academic teams.
Stonehill went 23-20 in 2008, including an impressive non-conference sweep of College World Series participant and nationally-ranked C.W. Post. The Skyhawks finished the season 15-14 in the NE-10, earning a spot in the conference tournament.
Delude was a four-year varsity athlete for Stonehill, and she batted .260 during her senior season of 1998 and led the team in RBI. She is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).