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Wetmore Announces Coaching Staff Additions

July 1, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Jessica Moore will join the Liberty Softball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Jessica Moore will join the Liberty Softball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Liberty Softball Head Coach Paul Wetmore has announced the addition of Jessica Moore as assistant coach, and Dana Wheeler as student assistant coach, for the upcoming season.

Moore, a Liberty softball standout from 2005-07, returns to her alma mater after competing for two years for the Washington Glory, a professional fast-pitch organization.

Moore capped off a stellar collegiate career for the Lady Flames atop several program record lists, including career batting average (.419), career runs scored (191) and career home runs (58). Moore also holds the school record for most home runs in a single season, with 21, in 2006. She was named the 2006 and 2007 Big South Player of the Year, and became the first player in program history to garner the honor twice during a career. Moore was also named the VaSID Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007, and was the first player to garner that award twice as well.

After signing with the Glory, Moore recorded 11 hits, 10 RBIs and six home runs in her rookie season, as Washington finished its first year with a 34-10 record en route to the 2007 NPF Championship title. In 2008, Moore finished the year with 18 hits, 13 RBIs and three home runs.

Moore will serve as the coaching staff's hitting specialist, working to improve the team's offense.
Moore, who also earned her master's degree in accounting through Liberty's distance-learning program, gained coaching experience at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Va., in 2008.

"She's very positive and encouraging and has superior hitting mechanics, and the kids respect her," commented Wetmore. "Also, the intensity she will bring to the staff will really help us."

Wheeler, a rising senior who suffered a career-ending injury last year, will round out the 2010 coaching staff as a student assistant coach, and will concentrate solely on pitchers.

During her two competitive years as a Lady Flame, Wheeler performed well in the circle, and is currently fifth in Liberty history for career-best ERA (2.33).

"I think we've made all the right moves," Wetmore said. "I'm excited to move forward."