Jessica O'Donnell enters her fifth season with the Villanova softball coaching staff in 2017-18. She serves as the associate head coach and aids head coach Maria DiBernardi with the day-to-day operations of the Wildcats program, along with being in charge of the infielders and catchers.
"I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work here at Villanova under Head Coach Maria DiBernardi. I can't express how excited I am to have a successful mentor by my side throughout this process. From the minute that I stepped onto campus I knew I wanted to be apart of this highly respected University. The faculty and staff here at Villanova have been very welcoming and supportive since day 1. I am looking forward to competing for a championship with the Wildcat family!"
O'Donnell previously worked with the Francis Marion University softball staff as an assistant coach for two seasons. Her duties included arrangement of team travel itinerary, camps, community service, promotions and recruiting. Her role on the diamond involved the infield as she was a starting shortstop during her playing days.
The Pasadena, Md. native began her coaching career as an assistant coach at the Community College of Baltimore in Catonsville (CCBC). She also spent the 2011 summer working with the Florida Pride professional softball team. Prior to coaching, O'Donnell excelled at CCBC where she was an All-Conference and All-Region player and named an NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete in 2007.
The following year, she transferred to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and became the starting shortstop for three seasons. She was an honoree for the American East Honor Roll during all-three seasons with the Retrievers and was named team captain in 2009. O'Donnell graduated from UMBC in 2010 with a B.A. degree in American Studies.