FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic officials announced on Tuesday the addition of two new assistant coaches. Collin Liggett of Irmo has been named an assistant coach for baseball and Alena Gerrell of Crawfordville, Fla., joins the softball program as an assistant coach.
Liggett, a recent graduate of Coker College, joins the staff of head coach Art Inabinet and will work with the Patriot pitching staff as well as in the areas of recruiting and team academics.
A four-year letterman for the Cobras, he helped lead Coker to the 2002 CVAC championship, ranked 50th in NCAA Division II with a 2.61 earned run average as a junior, and was the team captain in 2004. He was named to the CVAC Presidential Honor Roll, and as a senior was president of Coker’s Omicron Delta Kappa chapter.
He has also pitched in both the Coastal Plains League and the Southern Collegiate Wooden Bat Baseball League.
He was a two-sport athlete at Dutch Fork High School.
Gerrell joins the staff of first-year FMU head coach Stacey Johnson. She will work as hitting coach and with the Patriot outfielders, in addition to helping in the areas of recruiting and academics.
She is a recent graduate of Saint Leo University, where Johnson was an assistant coach. She completed her degree requirements with a 3.76 grade point average. Gerrell was named a 2004 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete despite missing the latter half of her senior season with a broken collarbone. Prior to her injury, she was batting .299 with seven runs batted in and a team-leading 16 stolen bases. She stole 21 bases during her junior season. The speedy center fielder was twice named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and once earned Verizon Academic All-District Team recognition.
Gerrell also attended North Florida Community College, where she was selected to the 2002 FCCAA All-Academic Team, before transferring to Saint Leo. She is a 2000 graduate of Wakulla High School, where she was a four-year starter.
The FMU baseball team, 29-17 in 2004, opens its 2005 campaign Feb. 3 at Coker, while the Patriot softball team, 37-17 last season, opens its slate Feb. 8 with a home doubleheader against St. Andrews Presbyterian College.