at Florida International University
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Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium
Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium saw an array of changes over a six-month span in late 2013, including the addition of stadium- style seating behind home plate. The stadium extends towards the first and third base dugouts with bleachers rounding out the 300-seat venue. Most notably, the press
box was moved directly behind home plate on the ground level, while the concourse underneath hosts a concession stand by third base, and standing room access near the first base side in the fully enclosed venue.
Additions to FIU Softball Stadium Incude:
• Stadium-style seating in the 300-seat stadium that is fully elevated above the field of play
• Updated pressbox directly behind homeplate, which was relocated from atop the former bleachers
• First-level concourse, which hosts consesstions and standing-room space near the FIU dugout, which allows for an up-close view of the game
Additionally, FIU's softball stadium features covered batting cages and a new fieldhouse with player locker rooms, lounge, and coaches offices.
Fall Elite PROSPECT Camp
Head Coach - FIU Softball
Named the fourth head coach in FIU softball history on Aug. 1, 2014, Gator Rebhan was promoted to the top softball position after serving as an assistant coach for the program in 2014. In his third season, Rebhan took FIU back to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in school history, earning a spot in the Conference USA Championship game for the first time and earning a coveted at-large bid to the Postseason. The 2017 Panthers set program records for most wins (46), fewest losses (15) and winning percentage (.754). FIU ranked 14th in the country in ERA (1.77) and fifth nationally with a .977 fielding percentage.
For the second time since his arrival as an assistant, the Panthers captured the league's Freshman of the Year, as pitcher Shannon Saile joined Stephanie Texeira (2014) among the winners of that league honor. Texeira was named to the NFCA All-South Region Team for the second time in her career (this time on the first team), while sophomore Jackie Schoff also earned a spot on the second team.
Saile set the program single-season marks for opponent batting average (.151), complete games (25), while tying the program record with 240 strikeouts and eight shutouts. Texeira tied for the C-USA lead with 52 RBI and finished tied for second with 15 home runs, both second-most in a season at FIU. graduated as the program's all-time leader in batting average (.405), slugging percentage (.759), on-base (.543), runs (159), home runs (47), RBI (190), walks (147), total bases (420), defensive putouts (1,191), while second in doubles (45) and fifth in hits (224).
In his first season as head coach of the Panthers, FIU won 30 games. Texeira was again named to the All-Conference team after batting a school-record .444, drawing a school-record 51 walks and driving in 51 runs, second-most in school history.
Junior pitcher Corrine Jenkins tied for third in C-USA with 18 pitching victories in 2015 and was one of just seven pitchers in the league to tally 100 or more strikeouts. She was fourth in the league with 19 complete games.
Rebhan came to FIU after spearheading the Miami Stingrays Softball Organization for well over a decade. Since 1998, he has won titles at the state and national levels and has developed athletes who have gone on to play NCAA Division I softball across the country, including at Harvard, Syracuse, Florida and Auburn.
He guided the Stingrays to a Top-20 national ranking following the 2013 travel season, and boasted 12 First-Team, All-Dade selections during the same year. In addition, Rebhan coached Texeira on her way to earning the 2013 Softball Player of the Year award.
A native of Miami, Rebhan was the head coach at Miami Palmetto Senior High School from 1999-2003. The team won two state championships (2000 & 2002) during his tenure.
Prior to coaching, Rebhan played baseball at Miami-Dade College for two seasons (1987-88), before transferring to the University of New Orleans in 1989. His achievements while at Miami-Dade earned him a spot in in the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Regents College of Liberal Arts, Rebhan earned his B.S. in sociology in 2001. He and his wife, Jesse Rebhan, have three children, Hunter, Brooke and Taylor.
Assistant Coach - FIU Softball
The FIU softball team added FIU graduate Nelson Ponce to the staff to serve as a hitting instructor with the Panthers into the 2018 campaign.
After graduating in December, 2007, with a degree in sports management and physical education, Ponce served as a substitute teacher and assistant coach locally, and has been found on baseball and softball fields over the past 10 years.
Most recently, Ponce was the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Doral Academy, which has posted a record of 64-21-2 in the past three seasons. He has been a head coach in travel ball, with the Miami Stingrays (2015) and the Miami Waves (2016-17), as well as giving personal instruction over the past seven summers to a host of young baseball players, including student-athletes at Miami (Florida), USF, Miami Dade and numerous FIU Panthers. He has coached a number of players in the prep ranks who were drafted or committed to collegiate programs (or both) in his high school coaching career.
Assistant Coach - FIU Softball
Heather Gelbard joins the FIU softball coaching staff in 2018-19, serving as an assistant coach and primarily working with the Panther pitching staff. Gelbard, who is a Miami native, comes to FIU after previous stops at UMBC (2017-18), Florida Atlantic (2010-16) and Barry (2008-09).
“I am so grateful for Gator and FIU’s administration for this amazing opportunity to come back home,” Gelbard said. “It’s a dream come true to be able to coach in my hometown, and an added bonus to reunite with Gator, who has been a mentor to me. I am so excited about the future of this program and eager to contribute to helping FIU softball win a C-USA championship.”
The hiring of Gelbard reunites her with Coach Rebhan once again, who she has played under and coached alongside during her softball career. Gelbard played under Coach Rebhan while at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and in travel ball with the Miami Stingrays from 2000-03. The pair won two state championships in 2000 and 2003 at Miami Palmetto, while also claiming numerous tournament titles together with the Stingrays.
After her high school playing career, Gelbard joined Coach Rebhan on the Miami Stingrays coaching staff, guiding them to the 2007 ASA Nationals where they placed third overall. From 2003-11, over 50 former Stingrays played collegiately with 45 of those at Division I programs.
“We’re very excited to add a coach of Heather’s caliber to our staff,” Coach Rebhan said. “She knows the area well, as she was born and raised right here in Miami, and she’s had tremendous success at each of her coaching stops. Her addition to our staff will help us get better on and off the field, as seen with Heather’s commitment to academics and doing things the right way.”
At her last stop, Gelbard was the head coach of UMBC where she improved the team’s conference winning percentage in both years of her two-year stint with the Retrievers. Under Gelbard’s guidance, the Retrievers posted two of the highest team GPAs in program history, while also qualifying for the American East Conference Tournament in both years as a head coach.
While at UMBC, players racked up numerous awards in just a short period of time, with Gelbard coaching players to three AEC All-Conference, two All-AEC Tournament and two AEC All-Freshman honors under her guidance. Players at UMBC also won weekly awards 22 times during her two seasons with the Retrievers.
During her tenure at FAU from 2010-2016, Gelbard coached 20 All-Conference players, four All-South Region players, as well as an All-American, a CoSIDA Academic All-American and an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
Gelbard also boasts an impressive playing resume from her time at NC State, earning Academic All-American and All-ACC honors – and many other awards – as a four-year starter with the Wolfpack. She remains in the top 10 in 15 different career offensive categories at NC State.
Gelbard graduated summa cum laude from NC State in 2007 with a degree in psychology. Gelbard earned her master’s degree in movement science from Barry in 2009, while also serving as an assistant coach on the softball staff.
In 2008, Gelbard and the Bucs coaching staff was named the Sunshine State Conference and South Region Coaching Staff of the Year as the squad won the league and regional titles on their way to a Division II College World Series berth.
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