Local Native Takes Over Softball Coaching Reigns

November 24, 2008 | RSS

Charolette Taylor Shelton, a native of Tazewell County, Va., has been hired as the new softball coach for Bluefield College.


"Coaching softball at Bluefield is a homecoming for me," said Shelton. "I look forward to coaching at Bluefield. My number one goal is to encourage my student-athletes to excel academically in a faith based environment. My coaching philosophy is a simple one; help students-athletes win in the classroom and they will do all they can to win on the field."


A graduate of Richlands (VA) High School, Shelton attended Pikeville (KY) College on a softball scholarship. While at Pikeville, she earned a spot in the Athlete Hall of Fame for both softball and volleyball in 2006.


"After graduation, I stayed on as the assistant softball and volleyball coach. In addition to coaching softball and volleyball, I served the college as head coach for the men's and women's tennis team and director of residence life," said Shelton.


During this time, she also worked with the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. She served as the resident assistant for the Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP).


In addition to firsthand experience, Shelton has received several awards. In softball, she was recognized three times as team Most Valuable Player (MVP), Best Defensive Player, and was a three-time 1st Team All-Conference player.


On the volleyball court, Shelton recieved several awards to include MVP and best defensive player.


Shelton's educational awards include, Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities along with Who's Who Among Students in American High Schools.