Sam Marder spent two seasons as an assistant softball coach at Boise State, joining the program in January 2012. The Broncos won a school-record 34 games in her first season.
Marder worked primarily with the outfielders during her tenure. The Broncos set the school record for team fielding percentage in 2012. Holly Bourke and Tara Glover posted the two highest fielding percentages by an outfielder in school history. Glover also starred at the plate, hitting .476 (third in the country) and leading the NCAA in hits per game (1.63). She was named NFCA All-America Third Team, the Broncos' first All-American, in addition to Mountain West Co-Player of the Year. Boise State tied for second in the Mountain West standings and ranked No. 57 in the RPI. It is the best finish in the program's five-year history after peaking at No. 49 during the season- also a program best.
In Marder's second season with the Broncos, her first full year at the school, she took on more responsibility as the team's hitting coach and eventually assumed pitch-calling duties. Three Broncos finished the season hitting better than .340. Marder called pitches for the final 12 games, during which the Broncos had a staff earned run average of 2.96 and went 8-4 to climb the conference standings and finish 9-9, good for fourth in the Mountain West.
During Marder's playing career at Ohio State, she became the first Buckeye softball student-athlete named a three-time All-American. Marder was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2009-10 after her senior season. She was the leader of a senior class that finished with 159 wins--second-most in school history--achieved the program's highest national ranking (No. 12) and advanced to Ohio State's first NCAA Super Regional (2009).
Marder, a catcher for the Buckeyes, set Ohio State career records for home runs (61), RBI (191) and walks (232) during her decorated career. Her walk total ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I history, while she ranks 26th in career home runs and her slugging percentage is the 15th-higest. She was a four-time All-Big Ten and All-Region selection from 2007-2010. Marder was also a four-time scholar athlete.
After finishing her collegiate career, Marder was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 National Professional Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers. She debuted in 2011, leading the Racers with a .403 batting average, seven home runs and 17 RBI. She helped Akron post a 22-17 record to finish second in the league and was named first-team All-NPF.
In 2012 Marder was named to the All-NPF Team and honored as the league's Offensive Player of the Year after batting .343 with eight home runs and 27 runs batted in. She ranked in the top five of the NPF in each triple crown category.
Marder came to Boise State after spending the fall of 2011 as a volunteer assistant at Oregon. Marder began her coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at Ohio State in 2010-11, while she finished her history degree.
A native of Calabasas, Calif., Marder was a first-team all-state selection as a senior and three-time all-league and all-area honoree for Calabasas High School.