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Wetmore And Moore Honored By VaSID As State Coach And Player Of The Year

June 7, 2006
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Wetmore And Moore Honored By VaSID As State Coach And Player Of The Year
Liberty University head softball coach Paul Wetmore and junior shortstop Jessica Moore have been named the 2006 VaSID Coach and Player of the Year as announced by the Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) as part of the release of the 2006 VaSID All-State University Division Softball team.

Moore, who is making her second appearance on the VaSID all-state softball team, was joined by fellow teammates Dawn Jeffs (second base) and Ashley Williams (catcher) on the first-team all-state squad to highlight Liberty's honorees on the team.

Wetmore guided Liberty to a 41-23 record this season, the most wins by a program in the Commonwealth this year. The 41 wins tied a school record for total wins in a year, while the Lady Flames' .641 winning percentage set a new school high.

This marks the fourth time that Wetmore has been named VaSID Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 1998 and 2006), tying him with Virginia Tech's Scot Thomas who has also garnered the honor four times (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005).

Moore becomes the fifth player in school history to be named the top player in the Commonwealth as she joins Shannon Tanski (1997), Stacy Radulovich (1998), Meredith Hollyfield (2000) and Amanda Maska (2004) as Liberty's VaSID Softball Players of the Year award winners.

Moore (Jr., SS, Chesapeake, Va.)
had a record-setting year for Liberty as she hit 21 home runs on the year, surpassing her own school record, while she also added a new school record with 74 runs scored. The shortstop was the only player in the Big South Conference to be ranked in four national statistically categories as she ranked second in runs scored (1.17 per game), ninth in slugging percentage (0.813), 10th in home runs (0.33 per game) and 44th in batting average (.399).

Jeffs (Jr., 2B, Roseville, Calif.)
was also named to the Big South first-team all-conference squad as she finished second on the team with a .384 batting average, while leading the team and the conference with 20 doubles and 86 hits. She also finished the season ranked 26th in the nation in doubles, averaging 0.31 per contest. Jeffs ranked second on the team with 47 runs scored and 40 RBI and third on the squad with seven home runs.

Williams (So., C, Lilburn, Ga.)
was a Big South second-team all-conference selection and was named to the Big South all-tournament team. She set a school record with 61 RBI and finished the year ranked 22nd in the country in RBI (0.95 per game). The catcher batted .330 on the season, which ranked third on the team, while adding 14 doubles, 71 hits and 14 home runs which were all three career high marks.

Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher was named the VaSID Pitcher of the Year, while the Hokies Jennifer Everhart was named the VaSID Rookie of the Year.  In the first year that VaSID has named a first and second all-state team, Virginia Tech dominated the all-state selections as the Hokies had seven athletes named to the team, followed by Radford and Virginia who both had four selections to the team. Liberty had three players named to the squad, while Longwood had two selections and Hampton and Norfolk State each had one player selected.
 
2006 VaSID All-State University Division Softball Team
 
VaSID All-State First Team
C - Ashley Williams – Liberty
1B - Allison Greene – Norfolk State
2B - Dawn Jeffs – Liberty
SS - Jessica Moore – Liberty
3B - Maggie Wolfe – Hampton
OF - Kelly Brown – Virginia Tech
OF - Jessica Everhart – Virginia Tech
OF - Caitlin Hooe – Longwood
DP - Callie Rhodes – Virginia Tech
P - Ashley Taylor – Radford
P - Angela Tincher – Virginia Tech

VaSID All-State Second Team
C         Amanda Walling – Radford
1B        Beth Walker – Virginia Tech
2B        Erin Ota – Virginia Tech
SS       Ryan Washington – Longwood
3B        Charisse Mariconda – Virginia Tech
OF       Lindsey Preuss – Virginia
OF       Anne Tatum – Radford
OF       Jessica Taylor – Virginia
DP       Amy McKean – Virginia
P          Bre Felix – Radford
P          Erin Horn – Virginia

 
Player of the Year                                                                                
Jessica Moore – Liberty                                                       

Pitcher of the Year
Angela Tincher - Virginia Tech
 
Rookie of the Year                                                                
Jessica Everhart – Virginia Tech

Coach of the Year
Paul Wetmore – Liberty
 
Liberty's Player Bios:
Ashley Williams  – Liberty (So./Lilburn, Ga.)
Team Record: 41-23    Avg: .330   GP-GS: 64-64   AB: 215   R: 34    H: 71    2B: 14   3B: 1     HR: 14    RBI: 61     SB: 3-3        FLD%: .998
Supporting Information: Two-Time Big South second-team honoree … Has started all 64 games behind the plate for Liberty … set a new school record with 61 RBI on the season … ranks 23rd in the country in RBI … batted .333 against Virginia opponents with four doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI … hit a career best 14 home runs, which ranks fourth best in school history … ranks third on the team and eighth in the Big South with a .330 batting average … he 71 hits ranks as the sixth most in school history, while her 14 doubles ranks eighth most in school history … ranked second on the team with a .600 slugging percentage … solid defensive catcher as she threw out a career best 24-of-80 potential base stealers (0.30 percent) … maintained a career best 10 game hitting streak during the year.
 
Dawn Jeffs  – Liberty (Jr./Roseville, Va.)
Team Record: 41-23    Avg: .384   GP-GS: 64-64   AB: 224   R: 47    H: 86    2B: 20   3B: 1     HR: 7      RBI: 40     SB: 6-10      FLD%: .968
Supporting Information: Big South first-team all-conference selection … ranked second on the team with a .384 batting average … led the squad with 86 hits and 20 doubles … her 86 hits set a new school record, while her 20 doubles ranks second best in school history … ranks 26th in the nation in doubles per game (0.31) … ranks third on the team with a .575 slugging percentage … also ranked third on the team with seven home runs after not hitting a home run during her first two collegiate seasons … led the team with a .403 batting average against in-state opponents with 16 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and a .597 slugging percentage.
 
Jessica Moore  – Liberty (Jr./Chesapeake, Va.)
Team Record: 41-23    Avg: .399   GP-GS: 63-63   AB: 203   R: 74    H: 81    2B: 15   3B: 3     HR: 21    RBI: 36     SB: 10-12    FLD%: .918
Supporting Information: 2005 VaSID All-State … two-time Big South first-team all-conference honoree … 2005 Big South Player of the Year … 2006 Big South Preseason Player of the Year … only player in the Big South to be ranked in four national statistically categories as she ranked second in runs scored (1.17 per game), slugging percentage (0.813), 10th in home runs (0.33 per game) and batting average (.399) … set a new school record with 21 home runs and 74 runs scored … batted .391 with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, four home runs, seven RBI and a .766 slugging percentage.