JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2007) - Head ETSU softball coach Andrea Mangrum and her staff announced Wednesday morning that the Lady Bucs have signed six student-athletes for the 2008-09 recruiting class.
"This is the largest early period signing class in the history of the program and I directly attribute that to what the last two seasons have brought," said Mangrum, who looks to guide ETSU to its first conference title in school history in 2008. "The players in our program are committed to doing things right both on and off the field, which has attracted these six new additions to our program."
The 2008 recruiting class will help strengthen what Mangrum has all ready put into place during her first two seasons at ETSU. This class features a wide range of talent and well-rounded athletes, who can play multiple positions on the field and be asked to help the team in many ways. In addition, this class will also offer depth to the Lady Buccaneer bench, which will spark some competition in a few playing areas.
"We have six athletic young ladies joining us next year and that was our goal to add depth and strength to our line up," mentioned Mangrum. "The staff sought after young ladies who are versatile and bring a variety of strengths to the table because this in return makes our team stronger as a whole."
Below is a breakdown of the entire recruiting class in alphabetical order.
Amy Campbell (Hixson, Tenn.), a five-foot-two utility player, is a four-year letterwinner at Girls Preparatory School, which is one of the most prestigious schools in the state and has produced many Division I athletes.
"When I first saw Amy she was a standout on the field, because she out-hustled everyone and was a great communicator/leader on the field," added Mangrum. "She defines athletic and brings speed, power, and a strong competitive attitude to our program. She was a highly recruited player in the state and another great grab for our future success."
"Staci is a quick, left-handed slapper that will bring a ton of speed to our line up and outfield," said Mangrum. "She has been playing select ball for one of the top teams in the state, and has been playing at the 18 and under level since she was just 15 years old."
Mangrum continued to stay in state with the signing of five-foot-four utility star Annie Martin (
"Annie is the type of athlete that just wants to be a team player and will do whatever it takes for the success of the team," added Mangrum. "She has great speed and is a solid hitter with good bat control. Every time she takes the field she will leave covered in dirt and sweat from head to toe, which is what impressed me the most."
The lone pitcher in this early signing class includes right-hander Shelby Morris (
Chelsea O'Connor (
Rounding out the early signing class is yet another versatile player in five-foot-three utility star Lexie Whittenburg (
"She can do a number of things on the field, but what I was attracted to the most was her attitude and outlook on life," mentioned Mangrum. "Lexie will be the type of player that will keep a smile on her face and positive words flowing out of her mouth. It means so much to a coach when players like this join your program because you know that what they have to offer goes far beyond what they can do on the field."
"This signing class brings far more to the table than you can see in stats," said Mangrum. "Their academic performance and future aspirations in life will be exciting for me to watch unfold over the next four years. I am honored to announce these six young ladies will be with us next year and look forward to building on the successes of each season we compete."
The current Lady Buccaneer softball program is gearing up for their 2008 season, which begins Saturday, Feb. 9 with a doubleheader at Furman. ETSU returns 10 letterwinners from last season, including three all-conference selections. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on the Buccaneer softball program and all other ETSU athletic news.