Mandi Fought enters her second year as a graduate assistant at Heidelberg University. Fought previously served as an assistant coach for one season at her alma mater, Ohio Northern University, following a standout four-year career.
While at ONU, Fought helped guide the Polar Bears to a 27-14 overall and 14-4 Ohio Athletic Conference record and a regular season championship, a No. 4 regional ranking and a fifth-place showing at the 2011 NCAA Division III Softball Regional Tournament.
Fought was a four-year letter winner and team captain as a student-athlete at ONU, earning three selections to the All-OAC and all-region first teams and second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America honors. She also was also named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA regional and was tabbed a Scholar All-American by the NFCA.
During her career, Fought set ONU single-season records for base hits (76), runs (68) and stolen bases (33). She is also the school's career leader in hits (249), runs (214), and stolen bases (98), ranks third in doubles (40) and triples (18), fifth in batting average (.418) and sixth in home runs (10). On March 30, 2010, she became the first player in school history to collect 200 base hits.
Fought is a native of Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Whitmer High School where she earned All-Ohio accolades in softball. She earned her bachelor of arts in middle childhood education (math and science) from Ohio Northern. Fought resides in Tiffin, Ohio and is pursuing her master’s in education from Heidelberg.