(Interesting Notes about Patriot athletics)
• Former Francis Marion University softball player Ginger Miller, a 2001 graduate, recently completed her first year as an assistant coach at Georgia College & State University. The Lady Bobcats ended 2004 with a 33-18 record. Following her graduation from FMU, Miller spent two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Miller was a four-year starter in the Patriots’ outfield. As a senior, she set a team single-season record with 21 doubles and earned All-Region honors. In 192 career games, she batted .328 with 88 runs scored, five home runs, and 60 runs batted in. She is a native of Wingate, N.C.
• Former Francis Marion University women’s volleyball and softball head coach Shelia A. Moorman was recently appointed an associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator (for athletics) at James Madison University. A longtime member of the JMU athletics staff, she was the women’s basketball coach for 15 years and most recently served as the university’s athletics facilities and events coordinator. Moorman was the Francis Marion volleyball coach for four seasons (1978-1981) and posted a 108-52 mark. She started the women’s softball program at FMU, and recorded a 62-19 record in three seasons. She also served as an assistant coach under Sylvia Hatchell on the Patriot women’s basketball staff for two years. She left Francis Marion in 1982 to take the head women’s basketball coaching position at James Madison. In her 15 seasons, Moorman guided the Dukes to a 302-134 record and became the school’s winningest coach. She led James Madison to six NCAA Tournaments, including four appearances in the Sweet 16, and to four Colonial Athletic Association titles. She was named the CAA “Coach of the Decade” in 1995 in celebration of the conference’s 10th anniversary, and was inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
• Former Francis Marion University women’s basketball player Jennifer Brabson still holds the NCAA Division II career record for most games scoring in double figures at 116. Brabson, a 5-8 guard-forward, played for the Patriots between 1996 and 2000 and is the only player in FMU history to amass 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists, and 200 steals. She was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Region selection, and four-time All-Conference honoree. She stands 20th on the all-time Division II scoring list with 2,217 points. The Knoxville, Tenn., native currently works for ESPN in New York City.
• Former Patriot women’s basketball player Fenissa Rice Jeter, a 1994 graduate, was recently named the Teacher of the Year at Chesnee Middle School in Spartanburg School District 2. Jeter, a 5-6 guard, played for FMU between 1989 and 1993. Her career totals included 1,191 points, 286 rebounds, 264 assists, and 207 steals. The Union native was an All-Peach Belt selection in 1992. She is currently working toward a graduate degree.
• Former FMU men’s soccer player Michael Ritch recently scored his first career goal as a member of the MLS’s Columbus Crew. Ritch’s score came in the 59th minute of Columbus’ 3-1 nationally televised win over the Chicago Fire. A 6-3 forward, Ritch played one season (1999) at Francis Marion, tallying 12 goals and eight assists and earning All-Peach Belt honors and the PBC “Freshman of the Year” award. Ritch later attended Auburn University Montgomery.