Oregon softball head coach Melyssa Lombardi rounded out her coaching staff on August 22, 2018, with the hiring of Megan Langenfeld as an assistant coach.
A three-time all-American and 2010 national champion as a player with UCLA, Langenfeld comes to the Ducks after spending the 2018 season as pitching coach at UC Riverside. She joins fellow assistant Justin Shults and volunteer assistant Sierra Romero on Lombardi's first staff at Oregon.
"I am excited to hire Megan Langenfeld as the final member of my coaching staff," said Lombardi. "Megan is a fierce competitor and a national champion, and her mental toughness as an athlete is impressive. She is a versatile coach who has the ability to help our student-athletes advance at the plate, in the field and on the mound, and her playing experience in the Pac-12 will be beneficial for our team. I look forward to some exciting softball this fall and I can't wait to get started with our team and staff. Go Ducks!"?
"I am incredibly honored to be a part of coach Lombardi's staff and join the Oregon Ducks family," said Langenfeld. "The University of Oregon has set a standard of excellence both on the field and in the classroom, and I believe that with coach Lombardi's guidance and vision Oregon softball will continue to thrive and only get better. I would like to thank coach Lombardi and senior women's administrator Lisa Peterson for the amazing opportunity."
Langenfeld helped take the UC Riverside pitching staff to new heights in 2018, leading the Highlanders to 15 shutouts, a no-hitter and several new program records in the circle. Individually, Hailey Dolcini went 15-9 and boasted a 1.80 ERA to rank second in program single-season history, and Tayler Misfeldt tied for second all-time with 21 wins while posting a 2.51 ERA.
Langenfeld went to UC Riverside in August 2017 after spending the previous three seasons (2015-17) as an assistant at Stanford. Before joining the Cardinal, Langenfeld worked as a graduate assistant and manager for two years (2013-14) at Arkansas.
The 2010 Pac-10 player of the year for UCLA, Langenfeld was a four-time all-Region and all-Pac-10 selection from 2007 to 2010 while starring both in the circle and at the plate. She was also a finalist for USA Softball national player of the year in 2010, when she hit .706 and slugged 1.529 while going 3-0 in the circle with 17 strikeouts in 24.2 innings at the Women's College World Series to lead the Bruins to the national title and earn the WCWS most outstanding player award.
Langenfeld's name can be found at or near the top of nearly every major UCLA single-season and career statistical category. In 2010, she set program single-season records in slugging percentage (1.085) and on-base percentage (.667), and posted the second-best batting average (.527) in UCLA history. She also led the Bruins with 20 home runs, 58 RBIs, 43 walks and 140 total bases. In the circle, she was 14-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 114.1 innings.
For her career, Langenfeld finished 53-9 with a 1.42 ERA in the circle with 348 strikeouts in 453.1 innings, and added 34 complete games and 13 shutouts. She closed her UCLA career ranking in the top 10 all-time in nine different categories, highlighted by the all-time career saves record (12). She also shined in the classroom for the Bruins, earning Pac-10 all-academic honors three times.
Following the 2010 season, Langenfeld was nominated for an ESPY and honored as the Los Angeles sportswoman of the year, and in 2013 she was inducted into the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame. She has spent time with the U.S. National Team as a first baseman, designated hitter and pitcher, and helped lead the squad to a Japan Cup title in 2010, when she earned tournament MVP honors.
Langenfeld graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a degree in economics, and then earned her Master's degree in recreation and sport management from Arkansas in 2014.