Marti Littlefield joins NWF in her first season as an assistant softball coach. Prior to coming to Niceville, Littlefield spent the past six years as a player and coach as Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA.
VSU's unprecedented run of six straight Gulf South Conference softball championships since 2009 can be highly attributed to Littlefield's contributions. Her efforts as a player from 2009-12, and then as a coach from 2013-14 helped the Blazers become an NCAA Division II powerhouse.
Littlefield served as a graduate assistant coach for the past two seasons at Valdosta State University. Her experience with success as a player has provided a strong presence on a coaching staff that has earned NCAA Division II South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in both 2013 and 2014.
Throughout her collegiate playing career, Littlefield became one of the most successful offensive players in Gulf South Conference history where she set career records in a slew of categories including homeruns, RBIs, and doubles. She was the starting shortstop for a Blazer squad that put together four GSC championships, four NCAA South Regional appearances, two South Regional championships, and two NCAA Division II National Championship tournament appearances. In 2012, the slugger finished her playing career witha bang as she led her team to the program's first ever national title.
During her time in uniform, the Nashville, GA native earned an outstanding number of accolades beginning with the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year award in 2009. In addition, Littlefield's outstanding efforts on the diamond earned her four GSC Player of the Week honors, a Most Outstanding Player award in the 2009 South Region Tournament, and VSU Female Athlete of the Year honors in 2011.
She was also selected to the All-GSC and All-Region teams in each of her four years and was named an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in both 2009 and 2011.
To compliment her accomplishments on the field, Littlefield also became a standout both academically and as a member of the Valdosta community. Her classroom achievements were rewarded with GSC All-Academic honors from 2010-12 and she was named an NFCA Scholar Athlete in 2011. Additionally, she was named a VSU Community Service leader in 2011 in recognition of the coutnless hours spent giving back to the community by way of the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army.