|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
Maryville College Director of Athletics Kandis Schram has announced that Leah (Della Torre) Hampton has been hired to take over the softball program at Maryville College. Coach Hampton will assume her head softball coaching position in early July.
Hampton recently completed her third season as head coach of the Eastern Nazarene softball program in Quincy, Massachusetts. Her leadership left an indelible mark on the Lion softball program and within the Commonwealth Coast Athletic Conference. She developed six All-Commonwealth Coast Conference athletes during her three seasons at Eastern Nazarene. In only three seasons her squads tied or eclipsed 18 school records from the record books. The team alone broke five, including most runs scored (180), runs batted in (153), putouts (628), assists (265) and best fielding percentage (.938). Her players flourished under her leadership, breaking a dozen and tying one of ENC's individual softball records. These recently broken individual records fell in the categories of runs scored (broke individual season, and individual career), doubles (tied individual season, broke individual career), total bases (broke individual season, and individual career), batting average (individual career), games played (individual career), at bats (individual career), hits (individual career), home-runs (individual career), runs batted in (individual career) and stolen bases (individual career).
Before her first head coaching appointment in Massachusetts, Hampton played and coached at Piedmont College (Demorest, GA). While coaching at Piedmont, Hampton helped another set of Lady Lions to reach a 29-12 record. The Piedmont Lions boasted 10 wins (10-2) in Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) play, which awarded them the regular season league title. The team went on to win the GSAC tournament, sending them to the NCAA Division III South Regional tournament. Hampton mentored 13 GSAC All-Academic selections, six All-Conference honorees, six All-Freshmen picks (including the GSAC Freshman of the Year), and the 2010 GSAC Pitcher of the Year.
As a player at Piedmont, Hampton made an immediate impact on the field by earning a spot on the GSAC All-Freshman team. She went on to be a three-time member of the All-Academic team, and was selected three times to the All-American Academic team. Following her senior season, Hampton was chosen by her teammates to receive the Lady Lions Leadership Award.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 2008, Hampton was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, which recognizes student-athletes for their academic and athletic achievements. She remained at Piedmont and earned her Master's degree in Managerial Leadership in 2010.
"Leah has extensive experience in recruiting quality student-athletes from across the country," stated MC Athletics Director Kandis Schram. "Her ability to organize and support the academic and athletic success of her players will serve as a firm foundation towards her mission to develop each Lady Scots softball player to their fullest potential."