The 2007-2008 team comes off an impressive fall season that included wins over NCAA Division-I competitors Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Tennessee State. Led by senior captains Ashley Camp, Brittiany Johnson, and Nicki Levering, the team promises to be explosive offensively and solid on defense. Graduated All-Americans Jennifer Perkins and Ashley McCool and their four senior teammates leave a legacy of winning and high academic standards to which the 2008 team aspires.
Region XI Coach of the Year Ernie Reynolds heads a staff with both national-level playing and coaching experience. Former all-region infielder Lisa Bergmann will once again serve as first assistant, former all-American pitcher Mary Kosco will coach the pitching staff, and Luis Del Rio returns as bench coach and statistician.
The Trojans boast a deep infield led by senior captain Ashley Camp who will see action at both corners. Third baseman Sammy Simon is back and joined by sophomore classmates Cassady Critchfield and Megan Suggs in the middle infield. University of Georgia transfer Kacey Coonce will lend experience and athleticism to the middle infield mix. Dynamic freshman Melinda Patterson from Camden (Tenn.) High School will see work at first base.
The Trojan outfield will be anchored by Adidas Golden Shoe recipient and All-American Chelsea Bailey. Joining her will be a group of fleet newcomers, including transfer Britney Covarrubias (Chandler Gilbert Community College, Ariz.), Sara Nicholson (Hendersonville High School, Tenn.) and Karli Rush (Mt. Juliet High School, Tenn.). Combined with Melinda Patterson, this dynamic group will give Coach Reynolds great line-up options.
All-American and captain Brittiany Johnson returns for her senior campaign after a 42-7 season that included 339 strikeouts in 267 innings. Johnson will be accompanied by juniors Stephanie Fisher, Beth Castner, and sophomore Shelby Mashburn who are expected to add depth and diversity to the staff. Fisher comes off a 14-4 season, including the win to clinch the 2007 TranSouth Conference Tournament championship. The deep catching staff is led by senior captain Nicki Levering. Joining Levering are utility players Cassady Critchfield and Karli Rush.
The season kicks off with a visit to perennial NCAA Division-II power North Alabama. Other tough non-conference double headers include Georgetown College for the home season opener and trips to NCAA Division-I Savannah State, NCAA Division-II Armstrong Atlantic as well as NAIA-powers University of Mobile and Thomas University. The TranSouth Conference always offers numerous challenges with ranked teams throughout the conference.