Garman Joins Lady Rams

June 6, 2008 | RSS

Bluefield, Va. -- Jennifer Garman -- a product of Salem High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) -- signed on to join the Lady Rams' softball program.


Garman, who also considered UVa-Wise and Norfolk State among others, felt that Bluefield College offered a lot of the qualities she was looking for when mulling over her options for the next stage of her academic and athletic career.


"The fact that it is a small school was important to me," Garman said. "I wasn't looking for a big university. The fact that Bluefield has a good student to teacher ratio and a softball program was very appealing."


Garman, who has competed in softball since the tender age of six, knows that the collegiate game is a major step up but is ready to accept any challenges that are thrown her way.


"I have a lot to learn about the game and college will help me with that," Garman stated. "I am nervous about the transition, but with support from the coaches, school, the team, and family, I can succeed at this level. I'm willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to get better."


Garman has gained most of her experience as a pitcher, and that's where she expects to be utilized at Bluefield.


"For my travel team, I pitched and played third base. For high school, I was a relief pitcher and left fielder. For Bluefield, I expect to pitch, but am willing to play where ever I am needed."


"As a pitcher, I know that the number one thing is to be positive not only to yourself but your teammates," Garman said. "Also, you have to keep each other up because if one person gets down, it will impact the whole team. I feel that I show good leadership on and off the mound."


One of the greatest influences on Garman's softball career has been John Gilder, who has coached Jennifer since she was eight years old.


"He always pushed me to do better, yet made sure I was enjoying it," Garman said.


Garman, who received the honor of travel team Most Valuable Player (MVP), plans to major in either criminal justice or premed.