Paige Neely enters her first season as a Graduate Assistant for the ETSU softball program in 2017. Neely spent last season with Tennessee State as an assistant where she mainly worked with the infield, hitters and other day-to-day duties. During her time at TSU she was instrumental in the defense improving in fielding percentage and number of double plays turned.
As a player, Neely spent her freshman season at Austin Peay where she earned Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as well as being named to the OVC All-Newcomers Team. At Lipscomb, Neely was a three-time First Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection and was named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team in all three seasons. During her senior season, Neely set a single season record with 18 doubles. She completed her career with a .353 career batting average and a .951 fielding percentage between the two institutions.
Neely prepped at Goodpasture High School and helped her squad to three Tennessee Class AA State Championships.
Neely earned the John W. Burgess Award for outstanding scholar in Political Science as a senior and received her degree in Restorative Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Lipscomb in 2015.