Coach Devon has been playing softball most of her life. She played fastpitch through high school (including 3 years at Lakeridge), and then kept up her love of the game by playing in intramural, company, and competitive women's and coed city leagues. She still plays with Coach Dave on an adult coed city league team in the summer. She spent many years managing and organizing competitive adult teams, and can frequently be seen with a clipboard and/or scorebook in hand.
She was an assistant coach for Lake Oswego Girls Softball Little League in 2018 (AA), 2019 (AAA) and part of 2020 (Majors, which was cut short due to Covid). Coach Devon then moved into the Renegades program in the Fall of 2020 with the 14C team. Her primary positions are 1st base and outfield, so she especially enjoys working with players on skills for those positions, as well as a variety of hitting drills. She's excited for the opportunity to help our 16u Renegades grow into stronger ball-players, great teammates, good humans, and confident future leaders.
Megan learned to swing a
bat while she was learning
to walk. Some of her earliest
memories are of playing
wiffle ball in the backyard with
her dad. Even at a young
age, she knew she was on to
something when she started
making him dive out of the way of line drives and hitting
balls over the fence. Maybe ball playing was in her blood.
Her grandmother was a professional ball player during
World War II (think League of Their Own -- she even
played as battery-mates with her sister). Megan played
Little League Baseball long after the other few girls had
left, and was still making Area All-Star Teams when she
switched to club softball in the 8th Grade. She remembers
attending a softball camp at UCLA around that time that ignited a fire and a dream of playing college ball. In High School, Megan was a 4-year varsity starter in the infield and multiple-time League and District First-Team Selection. With multiple scholarship offers, she chose to stay close to home and play ball at Loyola Marymount University.
While still at LMU, she began her coaching career as an assistant at her old High School, helping to lead them to a championship season. She also interned and then worked for the Dodgers organization in their Youth Events department. While at the Dodgers, when the team was away on road trips, she got to work out in the world class facilities. A real highlight was becoming friends with Dodger's Legend Maury Wills, who loved to hit ground balls to her at second base, always complimenting her range.
After college, Megan began a long career in Ultimate Frisbee as a player and coach. She help found the UNLV women's team and served as their first coach. She and her husband Ken played and coached with passion in Las Vegas for a decade, helping to grow the Ultimate community from around a dozen regular players to over 200. She finally (mostly) hung up her cleats in 2010 after a top-ten finish at the Club National Championships in her final competitive season. By that time, oldest daughter Grace was a toddler on the sidelines -- often being passed from arms to arms of some of the world's most elite and fierce female athletes as they subbed in and out -- and immediately afterwards, younger daughter Keelyn was on the way.
Since moving to Lake Oswego in 2015, Megan has been a fixture on softball, basketball, soccer, and water polo sidelines as a coach and fan -- wherever her daughters' passions have taken her. Megan believes strongly in encouraging young ladies to develop their competitive instincts and positive aggression. She wants our female athletes comfortable taking up space, being loud, and moving with confidence and decisiveness. She is particularly passionate about team-building and modeling how our young athletes can support each other's competitiveness on and off the field. Megan knows that well over 90% of women in executive positions played organized sports growing up, and loves being a part of building up the next generation of athletic, fierce, and intelligent female leaders. She delights in being a link in the chain of four generations of softball playing.
Megan feels privileged to live, teach 5th grade, and coach in Lake Oswego.