Rachel Hanson- Head Coach
Rachel Hanson joined the Stanford Cardinal as the head coach in 2014-15.
Hanson guided Stanford through a challenging first season filled with adversity. Despite the obstacles, the Cardinal produced a number of highlight moments, defeated five NCAA Tournament teams, recorded single-season top 10 numbers in multiple offensive categories and saw one of the best single-season individual performances in program history by Kayla Bonstrom.
Stanford picked up victories against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams No. 3/4 Alabama, No. 24/23 Arizona State, RV/25 Texas, Utah and Weber State.
The Cardinal was strong offensively, finishing the season in the top-10 in the program history in walks (T-6th, 198), home runs (8th, 39), triples (8th, 11), slugging percentage (9th, .422) and RBI (10th, 259).
Hanson took the reins at Stanford after four seasons as the Dartmouth head coach where she elevated the program to new levels of success and claimed the winningest seasons in the school's past decade.
Hanson had a successful 2014 season in which she led the Big Green to its first Ivy League Championship with an 18-2 conference record. She guided her team to a 31-19 overall mark and a trip to the NCAA Tempe Regional. The 18 conference victories are the most in Dartmouth history and the 31 wins overall ranks second all-time.
Under Hanson’s leadership, Dartmouth student-athletes garnered a variety of individual honors including the 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year, 2013 Rookie of the Year, the 2013 and 2014 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, NFCA All-Region honors, Ivy League first- and second-team selections and Ivy League All-Academic recognition.
Prior to leading the Big Green, Hanson coached the University of Dallas softball team for five seasons and set a program record of 80 wins. In 2009, she led the Crusaders to a program-best 20 victories and top-20 rankings in team scoring, doubles and triples.
A 2005 graduate of Trinity with a degree in political science, Hanson was a three-time all-conference selection and captained her team to a conference championship in her senior year. She was a force in the classroom as well, earning academic all-conference honors and receiving recognition on the Dean’s List.
Dorian Shaw - Assistant Coach
Dorian Shaw joined the Stanford Cardinal as a softball assistant coach in 2014-15
A graduate of Michigan's School of Kinesiology in 2011, Shaw joined the Cardinal after serving as an assistant coach at Dartmouth in 2014 under Hanson's leadership. She helped lead the Big Green to its first Ivy League Championship in program history with an 18-2 conference record. Prior to assisting Hanson at Dartmouth, Shaw spent one season as the top assistant at George Mason University.
"I'm thrilled to bring Dorian with me, as she'll bring a passion for the game, a great competitive background and a unique ability to connect with Stanford softball players both present and future," said head coach Rachel Hanson. "She also brings a familiarity with my systems, which will allow us to jump right in to the coaching side at Stanford."
Shaw had an outstanding collegiate career at Michigan where she hit .315 with 58 home runs, 178 runs and was a two-time NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection. She earned All-America second team, NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team and All-Big Ten second team honors during her junior year. Among her many accomplishments, Shaw matched Michigan’s single-season home run record with 21 and drove in 60 RBI during her junior season.
As a senior, she was a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year and Lowe’s Senior Class Award.
Shaw, who holds a degree in sport management, excelled in the classroom, earning the Michigan Academic-Athletic Achievement Award for academic and athletic excellence during each of her four years. She was named to the Dean’s List in 2008 and 2011, and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2009 and 2011.
Shaw boasts professional softball experience after being the fourth-overall selection in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft by the Chicago Bandits.
Megan Langenfeld - Assistant Coach
Megan Langenfeld joined the Stanford Cardinal as a softball assistant coach in 2014-15
Langenfeld joined the Cardinal after spending the 2014 season at Arkansas as the graduate assistant where she helped guide the Razorbacks to 27 wins.
"Megan brings Pac-12 and national championship experience, a great work mentality, and a relentless competitive spirit," said Hanson. "She'll provide an energy to our team and will quickly strengthen our pitching staff."
A 2011 graduate of UCLA with a degree in economics, Langenfeld had an illustrious collegiate career that included three All-America honors, four All-Region selections and four All-Pac-10 awards. The 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year was a finalist for the USA Softball National Player of the Year award and helped lead the Bruins to its 11th NCAA Championship.
Langenfeld was named the 2010 Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player and set a Series record with a 1.529 slugging percentage and tied series-highs in home runs (4) and runs (8). She went 3-0 in the circle with 17 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.
Following the 2010 season, Langenfeld was nominated for an ESPY and honored as the Los Angeles Sportswoman of the Year. She also spent time with the U.S. National Team and helped lead the squad to a Japan Cup title where she earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Along with her national and conference accomplishments, Langenfeld made her mark at UCLA ranking in the career top-10 in nine categories and holding the all-time saves record with 12. She was a force at the plate and ranks second among UCLA players in on-base percentage (.515), walks (121) and hit by pitches (36), third in slugging (.671), fifth in batting average (.385) and runs batted in (170), eighth in home runs (39) and tied for 10th in doubles (42).
Langenfeld was an ace in the circle, compiling a 53-9 record with a 1.42 ERA, 348 strikeouts, 34 complete games and 13 shutouts in 453.1 innings. She earned five national player of the week honors (two NFCA, three USA Softball), four Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards and three Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades.
A star in the classroom as well, Langenfeld was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
Langenfeld played professional softball in the Japanese Professional Softball League for the Denso Bright Pegasus following graduation.
Kacee Cox - Volunteer Assistant Coach
Kacee Cox joined the Stanford as the volunteer softball assistant coach for the 2017 season.
Cox joined the Cardinal from Chico State after spending two seasons with the Wildcats. Cox played a key role in the Wildcats' successful 2015 season and the program's first NCAA Championship Tournament appearance in three years.
"I'm excited to add Kacee to our staff," said Hanson. "She has a high level competitive background, as well as a great track record of developing players on and off the field. She'll work primarily with our catchers and outfielders."
Before her time with Chico State, Cox served as an assistant at Queens (N.Y.) College for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, coaching a pair of All-Americans and helping the Knights reach the NCAA Championship Tournament East Regional in 2014.
Cox enjoyed a successful playing career as a four-year starter at St. John's. She held a .339 career batting average for the Red Storm and is the program's all-time leader in RBIs (154).
Cox earned three All-Big East honors and was a two-time Second Team All-Great Lakes Region selection. She led the Big East in hitting in 2010 (.404), and became the first player in St. John's softball history to be named Big East Player of the Year during her senior season in 2012.
Cox excelled in the classroom, earning four Big East All-Academic Team selections and was a national finalist for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.
Cox played one season of professional softball in 2013 as a member of the National Pro Fastpitch's NY/NJ Comets.
Cox earned four varsity softball letters at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California. The two-time Marmonte League Offensive Player of the Year led the Highlanders to two league championships.
Cox earned her bachelor's degree in sport management at St. John's in 2012 and completed a master's degree in sport management in 2013