Focus on Sports
Chesapeake nabs former All-American as softball coach

Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004


Melissa Thompson, a former NCAA Division II softball All-American, has been hired as Chesapeake College’s women’s softball coach.

"We’re pleased to be able to attract someone who knows what it takes to compete at the highest level," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "I really think Melissa is going to be able to help us bring back softball as a viable sport."

Thompson spent the last three years as the head softball coach at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga. She said she is looking forward to this latest coaching challenge.

"I’m excited about trying to build this program," said Thompson, who has already begun contacting prospective players.

"I’m going to be as visible as I can and work with area coaches in identifying prospective student athletes who are interested in Chesapeake College and continuing their softball careers," said Thompson.

The Skipjacks have not fielded a softball team since 2002, but Thompson said she is confident she can have a team on the field next spring. She said the local contacts of her assistant coach, Bill Faust, are already paying dividends.

"Bill’s been really helpful getting me in touch with the girls who wanted to play last year," said Thompson. "They seem ready to help us build a team for next spring."

Thompson played her collegiate softball at Division II Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. from 1995 to 1999. She was a regular member of the Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference all-league team in addition to earned all-American honors.

Individuals interested in attending Chesapeake College and playing softball can contact Thompson at 410-822-5400, ext. 370.


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