St Johns River State College - Softball St Johns River State College - Softball

Marti Littlefield
Head Coach

Littlefield comes to SJR from Northwest Florida State College, where she spent 3 years as assistant coach to Jack Byerley. Together, they accumulated an overall record of 121 wins, 47 losses and claimed 1 Panhandle Conference title.

The Nashville, Ga., native spent six years as a player and coach at Valdosta State University (VSU), contributing to an unprecedented run of six straight Gulf South Conference (GSC) softball championships since 2009. Her coaching staff earned National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014. “Hard work pays off and the outcome of any game is not predetermined,” said Littlefield. “Starting with the pregame all the way until the last pitch requires an extreme amount of focus and team effort.” Littlefield was one of the most successful offensive players in GSC history, setting records in a slew of categories including home runs, RBIs and doubles. She also led her team to the program’s first-ever national title in 2012. She was named GSC Freshman of the Year and was VSU’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2011. She was selected to the All-GSC and all-region teams for four years and named an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2009 and 2011. She thrived academically and was named a VSU Community Service Leader in 2011 in recognition of her volunteer work.

The year 2018 served as a huge milestone for Littlefield in the accolades department. She, along with the 2012 Softball National Championship team, was inducted into the 2018 Valdosta State University’s Hall of Fame early on in the year. In May, she was inducted into the 2018 Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame. Littlefield is set to be inducted, individually, into VSU’s 2019 Hall of Fame in February.


  • 3x All-American
  • 4x First Team All-GSC
  • 4x GSC Champion
  • 2x South Regional Champion
  • 2012 National Champion
  • 103 RBIs in 2009
    • Most in a single season in GSC history
  • 25 Home Runs in 2009
    • Second in a single season in GSC history
  • 65 career doubles
    • Second in GSC history
  • 525 career total bases
    • Third in GSC history
  • 56 career home runs
    • Fifth in GSC history
  • 2009 GSC Freshman of the Year
  • 3x GSC All-Academic

Alissa Smith
Assistant Coach

Alissa Smith is in her first season as assistant coach at St. Johns River State College. She came to St. Johns River State College after serving as the Assistant softball coach and recruiting coordinator at Daytona State College and 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.  Alissa Smith is single and resides in New Smyrna Beach, FL.