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Anderson named head softball coach

Ashleigh Anderson has been named head softball coach for the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. The Barnwell, S.C. native said she is excited to join the USC Salkehatchie program.

“I have always wanted to coach at the collegiate level, and the opportunity came to me out of nowhere last year. I knew I had to take the chance, or it may never come around again,” Anderson said. “Being from the area, I am eager to find all the hidden talent we have locally to add to our roster, as well as in our state. I look forward to taking this program back to a championship level. I want to thank Dr. April Cone, Coach Jeremy Joye, and the rest of the hiring committee for this opportunity.”

Anderson has served as the softball and volleyball coach for Barnwell High School for the last five years. In 2021, she was selected to coach in the North/South All-Star Softball game held at USC Aiken. Additionally, Anderson has coaching experience at Blackville-Hilda and Greer high schools. The Barnwell High School graduate excelled in softball and volleyball during high school. She attended Newberry College on a softball scholarship where she earned dual degrees in physical education and coaching. She earned her master’s degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern University in 2012.

“I am very pleased with the efforts Coach Anderson had made as interim head coach of the softball program regarding recruiting and attending camps/showcases to scout talent,” Director of Athletics Jeremy Joye said. “Her years of experience in the game will make her an asset on the field. Her years coaching in this geographic region will give her an advantage regarding the evaluation of local talent.”

Anderson is actively recruiting athletes for the 2023 – 24 season.

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