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Walker to Lead Women's Softball in 2011-'12

Lady Rams Softball looks to Kristen Walker for resurgence of program in 2011-2012 season

Sports Information Department BC

July 28, 2011

Bluefield College Athletics

Sports Information Department

Bluefield, Virginia


The Bluefield College Athletics Department is proud to announce the hiring of the new women’s softball head coach, Kristen Walker, on Monday in Bluefield.


Walker comes to Bluefield as the first ever full-time head coach in women’s softball program history. The program has had its leadership positions coupled with other positions in Athletics and at the college prior to Walker joining the Rams for the 2011 season.


She brings a great coaching and playing resume to Bluefield after a successful collegiate career at Covenant College in Georgia.  Her high school and college careers speak volumes for her willingness and dedication to compete at the highest level. In 2005, she led her team to the TSSAA Division I Class AAA Softball State Championship; she was a four-year starter as second baseman for Covenant while making two NCCAA National Championship appearances in ’10 and ’11. Her squad nabbed the Mid-East Region Runner-Up in 2010 and Championship in 2011.


Walker to lead Women's Softball

Walker’s passion for the game of softball has open doors to allow her to coach in a variety of roles. In 2011, she served as the Student Assistant Coach at Covenant on their way to a national tournament berth. She has also coached at the Covenant College Elite Prospect Camp, Covenant Showcase Camp and Kim Patterson’s Softball Camp in Red Bank, Tennessee.


Giving her more experience and the opportunity to learn different cultures through the game of softball, Walker has traveled abroad to Central America with SCORE International. It is through experiences like that; she has broadened her love for the game of softball.


Not only has Coach Walker quickly gained early praise and recognition from her past coaches and players, but she has a wealth of experience in player and event management, coordinating plans for different sporting events and schedules, student-athlete admissions procedures and protocol and much more. Since 2008, she has worked in many roles including Intramurals Co-coordinator, Coordinator for Athletic Facility Operations, and the Athletics Admissions Assistant. With a unique diversity to her experience, the Rams Athletics Director Peter Dryer, is confident she’ll bring un upbeat approach to the softball program.


“Kristen will bring a lot of energy and excitement to the softball program.  She has played and coached at a high level, and understands what it takes to win in this league.  She is very committed to seeing her players develop – not only in-season – but all year-round.  She will work hard towards providing an excellent athletic experience here at Bluefield College”, added Dryer.


Coach Walker will come in and be given a great opportunity to develop her players with several months ahead of the spring season. This will give her time to not only organize the program, but also get the players to a physical level conducive of the college game. Moreover, she will have time to jump right into the recruiting process for 2012.


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Ray Morrell

Coach, Ray Morrell here. I am the state Director in South Carolina for the Independent Softball Association's youth fast pitch program and I am writing to ask if you and your college team would be interested in playing in our 18U Collegiate Exposure Event on Saturday, Oct.1st in Hartsville, SC at Byerly Park. We are hoping to draw 6 to 8 colleges and we already have a list of 15 to 20 - 16A/18A teams and growing, that want to play.

We would bring the college teams in on Saturday and guarantee them 3 games. The 3 games that you play will be against 16A/18A teams. This gives the girls a chance to play against a college team and maybe you will get a glimpse at a player that you might have interest in and an opportunity for you to recruit. We will also provide a chicken bog lunch for all. That would be 3 games and a great chicken bog lunch all for $75.00. And, it will be at Byerly Park in Hartsville, SC. We also encourage you to stick around and watch the 16A/18A teams play a double elimination tournament on Sunday.

We would accommodate you in the schedule so as not to impact you with a real early start time. I hope that you would come and participate. Please do respond. We currently have Florence Darlington Tech and Stanly Comm. Coll. on the list to play.

Ray Morrell


State Director

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