Norton Adds Felts To Coaching Staff
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW Head Softball Coach Kristy Norton has announced the hiring of former James Madison standout pitcher Meredith Felts as an assistant coach.
Felts joins the Seahawks after two seasons as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern, where she helped the Buccaneers advance to the Big South Conference Championship for the first time since 1988. She also made a significant impact with the CSU pitching staff during her time in the Low Country, steering the Buccaneers' rotation to a new single-season mark for strikeouts each season and ranking near the top of the league in earned run average.
"Meredith will be a great addition to our staff and her appointment marks another step toward moving our program in a positive direction," said Norton. "She's a true student of the game and an outstanding pitching coach. A phenomenal player at JMU, she brings a wealth of softball knowledge to our program and has a bright future ahead as a collegiate coach."
Felts began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Mannheim (Germany) Tornados Juniors in 2009, where she planned and implemented team practices and assisted in game day operations. She then spent the 2010 season as an intern with the softball program at UNC Chapel Hill, serving as tournament director for multiple home tournaments and also assisting the Tar Heel program in scouting, recruiting, game day operations, practice planning and simulating opposing pitchers in practice.
No stranger to the Colonial Athletic Association, Felts was a four-year letterwinner at JMU from 2006-09, finishing her career as the school's all-time leader in wins (61), ERA (1.62), games started (85), complete games (52), strikeouts (581) and shutouts (20). A three-time All-CAA selection, Felts sparked the Dukes to the program's first CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009, earning Most Outstanding Player and All-Tournament Team accolades after posting a 2-0 record and a 0.58 ERA in two starts during the event. She was named to the CAA's 25th Anniversary Team in honor of the league's Silver Anniversary in 2010.