When Chris Shirer stepped down as coach of the Marysville High School softball team last August, athletics director Cal Adams didn't have to look far to find his replacement.

When Chris Shirer stepped down as coach of the Marysville High School softball team last August, athletics director Cal Adams didn't have to look far to find his replacement.

Jennifer Segner-Maxwell, a 1996 graduate of Marysville and former standout pitcher in the program, has been named coach.

The appointment was accepted by the Marysville Board of Education last Monday.

"The reason she was selected was due to her enthusiasm and the fact that she has been with our program as a player and coach for a number of years," Adams said. "She has an understanding of what it takes to have a quality, competitive program at the Division I level and we expect her to be able to develop talent that will keep our program at a high, competitive level."

Segner-Maxwell, 32, served as an assistant coach under Shirer the past three seasons, with an emphasis on the program's pitching staff.

"Growing up I never considered being a coach," Segner-Maxwell said. "I wanted to go into the medical field and I didn't think coaching and being in the medical field went hand in hand, but it's going to work out."

Segner-Maxwell was a three-sport athlete at Marysville and in 2006 she was inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame.

Segner-Maxwell graduated from Muskingum College in 2000, where she played for the softball team. She served as an assistant softball coach at Muskingum from 2002-06 and is a member of the college's hall of fame.

"I played here for four years and came back and coached the last three, so I definitely know the program," Segner-Maxwell said. "I played at Muskingum for four years and coached at Muskingum for four, so I'm going to bring some of those ideas to Marysville, as well."

She planned to meet with her team last Friday to begin planning conditioning and practices.

Segner-Maxwell credits former Marysville softball coach Larry Fox for her success in the sport.

Fox was the program's head coach from 1982-98, compiling a record of 295-93. He has served as an assistant coach the last 12 seasons.

"Both of those coaches (Fox and Shirer) have said if I need anything give them a call, and they would be there in a heartbeat to help me out," Segner-Maxwell said. "I have people to look to if I need some assistance."

Shirer was 270-78 in 12 seasons at Marysville, winning five OCC titles and five Division I district championships and finishing as a regional runner-up three times. Shirer will be Ohio Dominican's infield coach under coach Marcella Vanlandingham.

Last season, Marysville finished 22-8 overall and tied Olentangy Liberty for first in the OCC-Cardinal at 11-3.

"I definitely understand that I have big shoes to fill because before coach Shirer there was coach Fox and he had a heck of a record as well," Segner-Maxwell said. "I know I have big shoes to fill and I'm not going to change a whole lot because the program has worked in the past, so if it's not broke don't fix it, but I definitely have some new ideas and a few changes that we're going to make. I'm excited and I think it's going to be a good year."