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Sabrina Manhart starts her eighth season as Daytona State College's head coach. After her seventh year at Daytona State many of her Lady Falcons have chosen to continue their playing careers. You can find some of Manhart's most talented former players on rosters at UGA, UF, UNF, USC Aiken, Mississippi State, FAU, FL Gulf Coast, Delaware State, Marshall, Binghamton University, Morehead State University, U of Wisconsin Green Bay, Towson, UWF, Rollins, Nova Southeastern, Valdosta State, Ball State, West Georgia, Armstrong Atlantic, Limestone, Newberry, SCAD, Webber International, Brewton Parker, and William Jewell College.
Manhart's seven teams have produced 26 All-Conference selections, two Mid-FL Conference Pitchers of the Year, four All-State selections, one All Region, and one All American selection. Multiple players have also been selected as second team and honorable mention over the years. In 2013 Daytona State had one named Second team All-State, three First Team All-Conference, four Second Team All-Conference, and three Honorable Mention selections. The softball team has also been recognized for their outstanding community service year after year.
More important than the athletic accomplishments are the academic achievements of Manhart's student-athletes. The team was named the FCCAA Female Academic Team of the Year in 2010. Over her tenure she has had multiple players named Mid-Florida Conference Scholar Athletes, FCCAA All-Academic Team, NJCAA Academic All Americans, NJCAA Distinguished Academic All Americans, and Who's Who Among National Junior Colleges. One student-athlete has received the renowned Jean Williams Award.
Some of Manhart's most memorable coaching moments were in the fall of 2010 and 2011. The Lady Falcons competed against the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Stars when the NPF Back-to-School Tour stopped in Daytona Beach.
Manhart is an eight year member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She is a Two-Star Master Coach through the National Fastpitch Coaches College. She completed the required coursework under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coaches such as Sharon Drysdale, Gayle Blevins, Cindy Bristow, Eugene Lenti, and Rhonda Revelle to name a few.
Coach Manhart graduated from Woodham High School in Pensacola, FL. She began her collegiate playing career at Daytona Beach Community College where she received her AA degree and was named Mid Florida Conference Scholar athlete, Academic All-American, FCCAA All-Academic Team, and Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
She earned her BS in Physical Education and Health from Bethune-Cookman College where she finished her playing career with the Wildcats winning back to back MEAC conference championships and advanced to NCAA regionals. As a Wildcat she was honored with MEAC All-Tournament Team, Preston S. Peterson Athletic Award, Softball Scholastic Award, Academic Merit Award, and graduated ranked academically number 1 in her class. Manhart is also a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Masters degree in Health Science.
After graduation Manhart spent two years as an assistant coach at DBCC working with the outfielders and catchers. She taught physical education at Seabreeze High School for three years and served as the head softball coach and assistant swim coach where she was named Head Female Coach of the Year twice.
Coach Manhart has been married to her husband, VCSO Deputy Stan Manhart, for eleven years. They enjoy spending their free time with their children, McKenzie (5) and Dempsey (3).
Alissa Smith is in her fourth season as assistant coach at Daytona State College. She came to Daytona State College after a 10 year stint of coaching at the Division I level. Alissa served as an assistant coach at Bethune Cookman University from 1999 - 2005, and then served as the assistant at The University of Maryland from 2005 – 2009. Alissa's responsibilities include working with the Daytona State offense, working with the infield, recruiting and overseeing of camps and clinics.
Smith's coaching accomplishments include:
1.) At B-CC, Smith helped lead the Wildcats to five straight Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) championships from 1999-2004 with corresponding NCAA regional appearances.
2.) In 2005, the team also won the NCAA Regional at Gainesville, Fla., and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. B-CC won 49 games and finished No. 18 in the final Top 25 poll of the season.
3.) The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) awarded South Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005.
Smith's collegiate career began at Daytona Beach Community College, where she played her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning her team's Gold Glove Award her second year. Smith then transferred to Florida A&M University, where she received her degree in psychology. While at Florida A&M University she played second base and shortstop and helped lead the Rattlers claim a MEAC title her senior season. Smith earned her team's defensive player of the year award that year.
Smith worked as a pharmacy technician in Orlando for two years before joining Bethune-Cookman's coaching staff as an assistant. Smith also received a degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. Alissa Smith is single and resides in Daytona Beach, FL.
Daytona State welcomes Sabrina Hartsell to the coaching staff this season. She comes to us with many years of experience developing youth pitchers. Her transition to college coaching will be smooth as she has prepped many of her former High School and Travel Ball standouts for some impressive college careers.
Hartsell’s coaching experience started as an assistant at Bolles High School in 1998 taking over the helm in 2002. She left Bolles to start a family and pursue a career at Baptist Medical Center in the Wolfson’s Children Emergency Room. She began giving private pitching lessons and in December 2010 she went back to coaching at Creekside High School and in 2012 took over as Head Coach. In 2013, Hartsell led 5A, Creekside, to a second place finish in their first appearance at the State Tournament. Hartsell finished her 5 years at Creekside with a record of 125 wins and 17 loses, four District titles, 4 straight playoff appearances including two regional titles, and two state playoff appearances finishing as the Runner-up once.
In the fall of 2012, Hartsell was hired to coach the 16U Florida Select Softball Program. Her coaching contacts grew as she assisted multiple players in earning college scholarships at the games highest level. In the fall of 2013 she and her husband, Mike, started the Florida Force Softball program.
Hartsell is a 1996 graduate of Orange Park High School where she was a three year letterman in fast pitch softball and weight lifting. She was named MVP and Pitcher of the Year and made the All-State Team three years. She set several school records and her strike out record remains unbroken. Hartsell received scholarship interest from several DI universities but like many of our athletes decided on the Junior College route. She attended Florida Community College of Jacksonville (now FL State College of Jacksonville) where she pitched for two years and the attended UNF. Her pitching career was shortened due to an unfortunate elbow injury.
Sabrina has been married to her Husband, Mike Hartsell, since 2002. They have two sons Hunter and Nolan.