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Twice Is Nice – Adams returns to Adams Field as Lady Cougars head coach

by | August 31, 2016 6:15 pm

Mallory Crawford joins the Lady Cougars staff as assistant

Coach Rusty Adams and Assistant Coach Mallory Crawford will team-up this spring to lead Lady Cougar Softball. Photo by Cindy Crosby

40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. Coach Rusty Adams and Assistant Coach Mallory Crawford will team-up this spring to lead Lady Cougar Softball. Photo by Cindy Crosby

August 31, 2016 – Dr. Melissa Crosby, Principal of Colleton County High School, and Chris Collins, Athletic Director, officially announced Wednesday afternoon the new head softball coach and assistant coach for the Lady Cougars.

Coach Rusty Adams will make his return to the program he helped build over a period of 33 years, as he returns to Adams Field as the Lady Cougars head coach. Joining him as assistant coach will be Mallory Crawford, former Colleton Prep head softball coach.

“Colleton County High School is excited to have 40-years of softball experience returning to the field this season,” said Dr. Melissa Crosby. “This combination should produce the type of results we are looking for – young ladies building character and winning ball games!”

As head coach of the program, Adams had an unparalleled 550 wins, 16 region titles and would be instrumental in helping at least 53 female athletes toward a collegiate career. Since his retirement in November of 2014, Adams has continued to volunteer his time developing many young pitchers in the county. He also enjoys playing golf, works part-time at the Colleton County Recreation Center and serves as a substitute within the school district. Last season, he served as the JV head coach for the Lady Cougars.

Crawford served as the head coach and athletic director at Colleton Prep Academy. She brings seven years coaching experience to the table, six of which was at CPA.  A graduate of Colleton Prep herself, Crawford went on to play Division I softball at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, earning a degree in Sports Management. While at Winthrop, Crawford was selected to both First-Team and Second-Team All-Big South and helped the Eagles earn two Big-South Conference Championships. She was fifth on the All-Time Homerun list, with 20 homeruns, and was eighth on the All-Time RBI list (105) and ninth on the On-Base Percentage list with an average of .389.

Under Crawford’s leadership over the past six years, the Lady Hawks have made post-season playoff appearances in all six seasons. Along the way, she was at the helm of four region championships, three SCISA Class A State Championships and two runner-up titles. Crawford’s teams competed in the title game every year but one – 2012.

Adams has already been hard-at-work preparing the field and readying for the spring season. “To be honest, it isn’t something I thought I would do again,” said Adams. “Dr. Crosby can be pretty persuasive. There are good kids at Colleton County High School and I’m looking forward to coaching them. Mallory brings a lot of experience to the table and has played at a high level – she will have a lot to offer our kids.”

Crawford is also excited about a new beginning. “I’m really excited to start a new chapter in my coaching career and for the opportunity to do it in my hometown,” said Crawford. “I could not be more grateful to Dr. Crosby and Coach Collins for this opportunity. “It is going to be a new level of play that I’m looking forward to. I am beyond thrilled to be coaching with Coach Adams. I watched his teams growing up and even attended his camps as a young player. I think we are going to make a great team. We both have a lot to offer these girls and I am just excited to get started. I am looking forward to a great season with the Lady Cougars.”

Colleton County High School, along with Coach Adams and Coach Crawford, will hold a softball meeting on the morning of September 7 at CCHS for players interested in participating this spring.

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