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Melissa Ann Jarrell
Graduated from South Florence High School in 1982
Graduated from University of North Carolina with Health and PE Degree in 1987
Received Masters Degree in Health and PE from Trenton State in 1989
South Florence softball MVP in 1980, 1981 & 1982
Played on Florence Stars State Champion ASA Women’s Class A Fastpitch Team
that won the South Atlantic Regional and went to the National Championship
Tournament (only team from South Carolina to ever win a women’s FP Regional)
Graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy
Played on New Jersey Women’s Class A Fast Pitch team and won the Mid-Atlantic
Regionals and qualified for Nationals in1988 & 1989 and won the State
Championship in 1987. Coached the team in 1990 and won the State and finished in
third place in the National Tournament.
Played varsity basketball and lettered all 4 years in high school
Played all 4 years in Tennis and lettered as a Junior and Senior in high school
Played varsity softball and lettered all 4 years in high school
Received the Ears Wilson Trophy for “Student Athlete of the Year” as a Senior
Student Council member, Senior Class Treasurer and Beta Club member
Received a softball scholarship to the University of North Carolina
Team Co-Captain and MVP in 1986
Served on UNC Softball Field project Steering Committee in 1999-2000
1987 Volunteer Asst. Coach at UNC in softball
1988-90 served as Graduate Asst for softball at Trenton State where they were National
champions in 1989 and Runner-up in 1990
1990-92 Served as Softball Head Coach for UC-San Diego and served on All American
Committee, National Selection Committee and NCAA Div. III West Region
1992-99 Served as Head Softball coach for University of Rhode Island and was elected as Atlantic 10 Conference “Coach of the Year in 1994 and URI’s Female Coach of the Year in 1995. Also served on NCAA Div. I Northeast Region Softball Committee and All
American Selection Committee from 1993-96.
1997 & 1998 served as NCAA Yes Clinic Instructor for NCAA Division I World Series
1999 served as Asst. Coach for Georgia Pride Women’s Professional Softball league team.
2001-08 served as UNC-Wilmington Head Softball coach and team received the Seahawk Award three years for Athletic team with most community service.
Set a school record for 33 wins including 13 in conference.