CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team and head coach Shelly Hoerner have announced the addition of Tracey Powell to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the 2012-13 season.
"I am honored to be a part of the Cougar staff and family,” said Powell. “I have heard nothing but great things about who Coach Hoerner is as a person and as a coach. I am very excited to begin working with the team and the rest of the CofC coaching staff towards Southern Conference championships and beyond."
Powell brings a wealth of both coaching and playing experience to the program and will be a great asset to Hoerner’s staff.
“We are very thankful to have the opportunity to have Tracey joining us as a coach,” said Hoerner. “She has a great understanding of the game and how to coach it and I look forward to the impact and impression she’ll have on our players.”
Powell graduated from Liberty University in 2009 where she played for the Division-I Flames for two seasons before suffering a collegiate-career ending injury to her shoulder.
She persevered the rehabilitation process after undergoing surgery and resumed her playing career with Competitive Edge International Softball and traveled with the team to Guangdong, China, where she challenged the Chinese Olympic and National teams as the starting catcher.
Prior to coming to the Charleston area, Powell served as the assistant softball coach at Long Island University - C.W. Post where she worked with the pitchers and catchers and managed all bullpen sessions. Her duties were not exclusive to the members of the battery, however, as she also worked with the infielders, outfielders and hitters in addition to designing strength and conditioning regiments to make the Pioneers better in all phases of the game.
Her hard work paid off as the Pioneers went 41-16 in 2011 en route to the East Region championship and an appearance in the Division II College World Series. The Pioneers ended the season ranked No. 9 in the nation and she, with the rest of her staff, earned the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year Award.
Powell has also been heavily involved as a director and instructor of youth camps and travel teams ranging in age from seven years to 18 years. She’s done so at the New York Softball Academy (Brookville, N.Y.), Frozen Ropes Softball Facility (Garden City, N.Y.), Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy (Yorktown, Va.) and 3D Sports (Yorktown, Va.).
Powell joins the team in time for the Cougars’ Fall Ball schedule which begins on Sunday, Sept. 30 when CofC hosts Charleston Southern in a doubleheader at Patriots Point beginning at 1 p.m.