Stacey Vallee is entering her 16th season as head coach for the Patriot women's softball program. She has compiled a 443-301-1 record in her first 15 seasons on the Patriot bench, including eight 30-win campaigns and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Vallee also serves as Francis Marion's Senior Women's Administrator.
She is currently serving as chairman of the NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committe (RAC) for the Southeast Region, and has been on the committee since 2014. Since 2016, she has also served as a member of the National Committee for Division II softball. She previously served a two-year stint on the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll committee from 2013 to 2014, and was an NCAA regional committee member for the former South Atlantic Region from 2005 to 2009.
This past season, Vallee directed Francis Marion to a 31-19 record and a sixth-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference. Ten team members earned NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors, three players garnered PBC All-Academic recognition, and three gained All-Conference honors.
FMU SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- The 2019 team posted a 12-win improvement over the previous season, the 18th all-time 30-win campaign in team history; senior third baseman Angela Buccilli led the nation in sacrifice hits
- Her 2016 squad posted a 34-21 mark, its highest win total in seven seasons and the 17th all-time 30-win season in program history.
- In 2013, the first full season in the state-of-the-art FMU Softball Stadium, the Patriots posted a 25-26 mark. Nine of the team's losses were by one run, and the squad compiled a 3-4 record against nationally ranked opponents.
- In 2012, Francis Marion registered a 31-20 mark, the program’s twelfth 30-win campaign in the previous 15 seasons
- Francis Marion compiled a 36-16 record in 2010 and earned the program’s second NCAA Division II National Tournament invitation. The Patriots advanced to the championship game of both the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and the NCAA Dahlonega Southeast Regional.
- In 2008, Vallee guided the Patriots to their most successful season since the program moved from NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division II membership. Francis Marion ended the season ranked fifth in the final NFCA Top 25 poll with a 39-16 record, the third-highest win total in team history. The Patriots earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament, won the South Atlantic Regional, and advanced to the Division II national finals (Elite Eight) in Houston, Texas. The season also featured the program's first-ever appearance on national television (CBS College Sports).
- In 2007, she directed FMU to a 34-16 record and a tie for fifth-place in the Peach Belt Conference regular-season standings. For a third time in three years under her guidance, the Patriots narrowly missed earning a bid to the Division II Tournament.
- During a successful first season (2005) at FMU, she guided the Patriots to a 36-14 record and a fifth-place finish during the Peach Belt regular season. Six of the Patriots' 10 losses were by one run. The 2005 team spent three weeks ranked in the NFCA Top 25 poll, reaching as high as the 10th.
Her 15 FMU teams have produced 30 All-Conference selections, 13 All-Region selections, two NFCA All-America selections, and 82 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes. Her 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2018 squads each earned All-Academic Team honors from the NFCA. In 2007 the Patriots ranked 10th among Division II programs (and 22nd among all four-year schools) with a 3.470 cumulative grade-point average; in 2008 ranked 14th in Division II with a 3.36 GPA, and in 2009 ranked 24th in Division II with a 3.329 GPA.
Vallee came to Francis Marion in 2004 from Saint Leo University, a member of the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference, where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach. The Lions posted a 135-88 mark during those four years, including a national tournament appearance in 2002. She also served as the university's assistant trainer and taught as an instructor during the 2003-04 year, and worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for two seasons.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Vallee was as an assistant coach at Florissant Valley Community College during the fall of 2000, after having served as player/head coach of the Pulheim Gophers during the spring and summer of 2000.
A 1999 graduate of Barry University with a B.S. degree in sports medicine and athletic training, she was a four-year starter at third base. She helped lead the Buccaneers to the NCAA Division II national tournament each of her four years, including a second-place finish in 1998. She ended her career third on the school's games played list.
She was married during the summer of 2006, and she gave birth to her first child (Ryker) during the 2008 season. She and her husband Greg have since added a daughter (Moxie).
Vallee is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Council on Strength and Fitness, and the National Athletic Trainers Association. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certified personal trainer, and a certified athletic trainer.
She participated as a panel member at the third-annual Women in Athletics Seminar, hosted by the Peach Belt Conference in Augusta, Ga., on Sept. 21, 2010.
Vallee is the ninth head coach in the 41-year history of the FMU softball program. The program boasts an all-time mark of 1164-765-4 (.603 winning percentage), including five national tournament appearances in the 1980s and the two in the 2000s.
Overall, FMU has won at least 30 games in 15 of the past 24 seasons.
Vallee's year-by-year record at Francis Marion University
~ Advanced to NCAA II World Series in Houston, TX
+ Advanced to NCAA II Southeast Regional title game