Thompson-Andrade has spent the past six years as the head coach of the Vienna Stars travel softball team and three years as an assistant coach at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. She has been instrumental in helping players get placed into colleges around the country, including the SEC, ACC and Big 10 conferences. Her Vienna Stars team had an overall record of 203-63-12. James Madison High finished 61-15 during her tenure and were conference champions and runners-up in the state finals.
“I am extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to work at Marshall and help continue to build this great softball program with Coach Steele,” Thompson-Andrade said. “Coach Steele has a great amount of knowledge and passion for the game and knows how to develop student-athletes. I look forward to learning under her tutelage as we have a similar competitive drive.”
Due to Thompson-Andrade’s current coaching duties, she will officially start with the Herd on Aug. 16.
During her playing days Nichole Thompson-Andrade starred for Arizona State from 1999-2002. She was a three-time All-PAC 10 performer, two-time All-Pacific Region honoree, two-time scholar athlete and a NFCA All-American in 2002. Andrade played in the Women’s College World Series in 1999 and 2002. The Sun Devils won over 40 games three times during her days in Tempe, Ariz. She currently ranks seventh all-time with 253 career hits and tied for 14th with a .333 batting average.
“I've known Nikki for years and I am excited to be able to finally work alongside her,” coach Steele said. “Building this coaching staff has been my top priority, and for her to head to Huntington with me solidifies one big piece of the puzzle. It has been so important for me to surround myself with not only quality coaches, but quality people, and Nikki gives me just that.”
Thompson-Andrade has extensive playing experience past college softball as well. She played for the USA Blue Team in 2001 and USA Elite in 2003. She suited up in the National Pro Fastpitch League for five seasons with the Washington Glory, Arizona Heat and the New England Riptide at second base. She was an All-NPF performer in 2007 as the Glory won the Championship. When she finished her career, Thompson-Andrade ranked in the top 10 all-time in career doubles, batting average and on base percentage.
“She has an impressive background and has played the game at the highest level,” Steele said. “She is a great skill developer and respected for her ability to develop a strong offensive attack. More than anything, I love her blue collared approach to teaching the game and our athletes will benefit from her years of experience.”
Thompson-Andrade also had successful coaching stints at Corona Del Mar High and Mission Viejo High in California.