CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Chattanooga Lady Mocs Head Coach Frank Reed announced on Sunday that volunteer assistant Lindsey Ubrun would be promoted to the role of assistant coach, while Michelle Fuzzard after finishing her stellar five-year playing career in May will take on the role of volunteer assistant.
"With the departure of Assistant Coach Sammi Parks, I am excited to announce the completion of our 2013 coaching staff with Assistant Coach Lindsey Ubrun and Volunteer Assistant Michelle Fuzzard," said Coach Reed. "After being with us for two years working with our hitters and outfielders, coach Uburn has done a great job and the program is excited about keeping her on staff. We definitely wanted to be able to keep a player with the distinction of as a part of our program. She is going to work with the pitchers and catchers. With her ability, she can also spread out and work with hitters and in the infield."
Chattanooga has a coaching staff of four that includes the five-time SoCon Coach of the Year Reed, associate head coach Amy Herrington-Woodard, assistant coach and volunteer assistant .
The Lady Mocs have posted two of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history as the team finished near the top of the nation in batting average with a .342 clip in 2011 and .347 rate in 2012. Coach Ubrun has been a big part of that success in providing one-on-one training with each student-athlete.
"It is real important for me to be able to reward Coach Ubrun for her hard work," said Coach Reed. "She has the passion for coaching and teaching, which has been a part of our success over the past two years. The individual student-athletes know that they can go to her, and she is going to help them."
Chattanooga set seven single-season offensive records in 2011 that saw the program earn a runner-up finish at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. Over the past two years, the Lady Mocs have eclipsed a total of eight offensive records including home runs (66), doubles (105), RBI (368), runs scored (391), total bases (842), hit by pitch (48), slugging pct. (.563) and on-base pct. (.423).
"It is really exciting and a great opportunity to continue coaching with a program, coaching staff and school that I love," said Coach Ubrun. "This has been a great program to be a part of. It is nice that I can stay and start working in the office to learn all the little things that are constantly being done behind the scenes."
Ubrun came to Chattanooga after a successful collegiate career compiling a .313 average with 48 home runs and 164 RBI at Missouri and Maryland. She was a 2009 NFCA All-American (second team) and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-American (third team) as the Tigers advanced to the Women's College World Series.
The Riverside, Calif., native was additionally a two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree after transferring as a junior from Maryland. Ubrun earned All-ACC Second Team recognition as a member of the Terapins.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Following her tremendous career at Chattanooga, Fuzzard rounds out Coach Reed's staff by serving as pitching coach, but will also assist the hitters and infield. She is the Lady Mocs and Southern Conference career leader in RBI at 217 and total bases 453, while setting the single-season RBI mark for the conference with 75 in 2011.
"It is an honor to have Coach Reed provide me with this opportunity," said Fuzzard. "He thinks very highly of my abilities as a pitcher and hitter and has enabled me to continue my career here at Chattanooga. I was not ready to give up wearing Chattanooga on my chest. It feels really good to be able to do that next year as I finish up my master's degree."
The Chattanooga slugger finished her career inside the top five in every individual offensive category in school history. She ended her career with a .371 average scoring 151 times with 267 hits and 43 home runs
Fuzzard was a dual-threat as a pitcher posting a 47-23 mark and 3.23 ERA with 319 strikeouts and 444.1 innings of work. She etched herself in the school's top 10 in a number of pitching statistics including wins, strikeouts and innings.
Looking back on her career, the changing moment was an ACL injury that occurred during the 2010 season, which forced her to redshirt. During that time, she sat in the dugout with Coach Reed and charted pitches, therefore, gaining valuable insight into the college game.
"She understands my philosophy after sitting on the bench for a year after her knee injury," said Coach Reed. "She understands what we are trying to accomplish with our pitches because she has been there and knows my philosophies on how I pitch people and why I do things. She was really important in helping Taylor [Deason] come on as a freshman last year. With the two new freshmen coming in, I think she is going to do a great job mentoring them."
The four-time All-SoCon First Team performer became the league's first back-to-back Player of the Year since 1998. She was later named the 2012 SoCon Female Athlete of the Year.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native became the first player in conference history to be named to the All-SoCon First (1B) and Second (P) teams at two different defensive positions.
Fuzzard graduated in August 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice and is currently seeking her master's degree in the same field.
With the Lady Mocs coaching staff in place, Chattanooga returns to campus to being preparations for the 2013 season in August. The team will also welcome six newcomers to the Scenic City.