After finishing amazing college softball careers, two Lady Bobcats won’t be leaving the diamond anytime soon. Greta Turner and Hannah Morgan both accepted coaching positions in Avery County – Greta at Lees-McRae and Hannah at Avery High.
As Greta Turner begins her first year as assistant coach of Lees-McRae’s softball team, it is clear she is no stranger to the Bobcat softball program.
A four year letter winner and former team captain, Greta caught, played first base and hit .317 as a senior for the team that she helped build into a conference contender.
Taking Bobcat softball leadership to the next level, Greta is the first assistant coach for the team. She will coach pitching and catching and direct the hitting instruction. Greta will also assist on the base paths with team defense and offense, as well as various other coaching duties.
“Her ability to care deeply for the individuals she leads combined with a passion to excel and uncanny ability to communicate makes her an exciting addition to our staff,” says head coach Julie Kennedy. “Our team could not be happier to have her back another year and we are behind her in accepting this new role.”
Greta is originally from Brown Summit, NC and will graduate with a degree in early education this year. She is currently student teaching in Avery County.
Like Greta, Hannah Morgan wasn’t yet ready to end her softball career. After an exceptional career at Lees-McRae, it’s only natural that Hannah Morgan would move on to teach other young women the sport she knows and loves.
Matthew Bentley, Director of Athletics at Avery High stated, “Avery High School is pleased and excited to have Hannah Morgan as our softball coach this year. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the program. I look forward to her influence on the girls here at Avery High. Hannah had an excellent career at Lees-McRae College as a player and we believe that her leadership exhibited on the field will transfer into her coaching our student-athletes.”
While playing for the Bobcats, Hannah was the team leader in both the 04-05 and the 05-06 seasons. She was selected first team All-CVAC pitcher in 2006 and a candidate as Conference Player of the Year in 2006. In the 04-05 season, Hannah led the conference in strikeouts for the regular season.
Hannah is an outstanding pitcher, but a great hitter too. She had six homeruns during her senior year, finishing with a phenomenal 1.97 ERA on top of 131.2 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched.
“Hannah Morgan is an excellent teacher and a fierce competitor. I am thrilled that she has been chosen to coach the high school team of Avery County,” Coach Kennedy said. “Her players are bound to have a great experience under her leadership.”
Hannah is from Garner, NC and will receive her degree in early education this spring. Hannah Morgan is currently teaching at Freedom Trail Elementary School.