No one can dispute Megan Langenfield's credentials as a softball player. She joined the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Arkansas last year. This year she's joining Rachel Hanson's staff as an assistant coach at Stanford.
The former UCLA All-American first baseman-pitcher brings first-hand knowledge of what it takes to compete -- and succeed -- at the highest level.
The 26-year-old Langenfeld joins the Cardinal after spending one season at Arkansas as the graduate assistant where she worked primarily with the pitching staff and helped guide the Razorbacks to 27 wins in 2014. She earned a Master's of Education in Recreation and Sports Management while she was there.
"Megan brings Pac-12 and national championship experience, a great hard work mentality, and a relentless competitive spirit," said Hanson. "She'll provide an energy to our team and will quickly strengthen our pitching staff."
Langenfeld, a Bakersfield native, completed a career with Bruins that included three All-America honors, four All-Region selections and four All-Pac-10 awards.
The 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year was a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award and helped lead the Bruins to its 11th NCAA championship.
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Langenfeld, who was recently inducted into the Kern County Hall of Fame, was named the 2010 Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player and set a Series record with a 1.529 slugging percentage and tied series-highs in home runs (4) and runs (8). She went 3-0 in the circle with 17 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.
Following the 2010 season, Langenfeld was nominated for an ESPY and honored as the Los Angeles Sportswoman of the Year. She also spent time with the U.S. National Team and helped lead the squad to a Japan Cup title where she earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Along with her national and conference accomplishments, Langenfeld made her mark at UCLA, ranking in the career top 10 in nine categories, including owning the all-time saves record with 12.
She was a force at the plate and ranks second among UCLA players in on-base percentage (.515), walks (121) and hit by pitches (36), third in slugging (.671), fifth in batting average (.385) and runs batted in (170), eighth in home runs (39) and tied for 10th in doubles (42).
Langenfeld was an ace in the circle, compiling a 53-9 record with a 1.42 ERA, 348 strikeouts, 34 complete games and 13 shutouts in 453.1 innings. She earned five national player of the week honors (two NFCA, three USA Softball), four Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards and thee Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades.
A star in the classroom as well, Langenfeld was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Langenfeld played professional softball in the Japanese Professional Softball League for the Denso Bright Pegasus following graduation.