Maryland softball coach Laura Watten announced the addition of Courtney Scott to her coaching staff on Aug. 12, 2008. Scott, whose resume boasts 10 years of softball playing and coaching experience, joins Alissa Smith in the role of assistant coach as the team enters its 2009 season.
Scott spent the previous two seasons serving as a graduate assistant softball coach for the University of Oklahoma, which posted a 47-14 record while winning its 2008 NCAA Regional tournament and advancing to the Super Regional. For the Terrapins, Scott's primary responsibilities will be overall development and advancement of pitching/catching with additional shared duties in the areas of hitting development and defensive strategy.
"We have definitely elevated the level of expertise and enthusiasm of our coaching staff with the hiring of Courtney Scott," Watten said. "She brings a great deal of championship experience and leadership, both as a player and assistant coach, that is necessary in regards to the successful development of our pitching/catching staff. In addition, Courtney's passion and commitment to overall student-athlete success is a great fit for our staff, and I feel fortunate that she has decided to become a part of the Terrapin family."
While in Norman, Okla., Scott assisted with all aspects of the Sooners' coaching process, including instruction and development of student-athletes, recruitment, coordination of travel and organization of camps and clinics. The 27-year-old native of Clovis, Calif., specialized in working with the Sooners' pitchers and catchers, and briefly occupied the role of interim pitching coach for Oklahoma, a member of the Big 12 Conference.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the University of Maryland athletic tradition," Scott said. "I feel my experience as a player and working for coach Patty Gasso the last two seasons at the University of Oklahoma has prepared me to take this next step in my career. Coach Watten has great vision for the Maryland softball program, and I look forward to helping take it to the next level."
Prior to arriving at Oklahoma, Scott played professionally for two teams - LeoPalace 21 of the Japan League and NYNJ Juggernaut Professional Softball of National Pro Fastpitch. A three-year stint for LeoPalace 21 saw Scott play for a Tokyo-based club that notched two third place finishes (2005 and 2006) and one runners-up finish (2004) in the ultra-competitive Japan League.
Scott made her professional softball debut in June of 2004, when she joined the NPF's Juggernaut, based out of Montclair, N.J. Her team went on to claim the 2004 NPF Championship, and Scott's experience with the Juggernaut introduced her to the sport's marketing and media opportunities.
An NFCA All-American catcher for the softball team at the University of California-Berkley, Scott served as captain and a four-year starter for a team that enjoyed nearly-unparalleled success. Scott's teams participated in the NCAA Women's College World Series during each of her four seasons, finishing as NCAA Champions her junior season (2002) and NCAA Runners-up her senior year (2003). The two-time All-Pac-10 Conference nominee (2002 and 2003) and NFCA Collegiate Top-40 Selection (2003) also twice achieved Verizon Academic All-American status.
Scott received a Master of Arts and Human Relations degree from Oklahoma in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts, American Business & Globalism and American Studies degree from California-Berkeley in 2003.