Michelle LaCourse joined the Chattanooga Mocs softball staff in 2013 after a stellar career with the Mocs. LaCourse works primarily with Chattanooga’s pitching staff while also assisting with hitting and fielding.
Last season, LaCourse assisted Chattanooga to its 13th Southern Conference Championship title and its 14th SoCon regular season title. Working with the pitchers, LaCourse led the staff to a 35-14 recording including three SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors and the February SoCon Pitcher of the Month Selection. The pitching staff, made up of Taylor Deason, Cori Jennings and Kailey Palazzolo combined for 247 strikeouts for 330.1 innings pitched. Together the staff held a SoCon best 2.90 ERA.
In 2014, LaCourse helped the Mocs to their 12th SoCon Championship title. The former UTC pitcher guided Katie Henderson to 33 consecutive scoreless innings against Western Carolina, Appalachian State, Furman, Samford, and UNCG (May 3 - May 10, 2014). Henderson’s 19-12 record and 181 strikeouts named her the 2014 Southern Conference Most Outstanding Player.
Michelle spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach with Chattanooga in her first year on the bench. As the pitching coach, LaCourse’s staff totaled 27 wins and three shutouts.
As a student-athlete, Michelle ranks first in the Chattanooga record books for most runs batted in (217) and total bases (453) along with numerous top five all-time rankings. LaCourse also holds the record for slugging percentage (.846), on base percentage (.543) and most runs batted in (75) in a single season.
LaCourse made an impact from day one as a Lady Moc. She was the SoCon Freshman of the Year in 2008 and Player of the Year in 2011 posting first team all-league honors in all three years of competition. Chattanooga won SoCon Regular Season Championships all four years (includes her redshirt season due to injury in 2010) advancing to three NCAA Regionals along the way with three league tournament titles.
She led the 2011 team to the brink of the super regionals for the first time in the program’s history, earning NFCA All-South Second Team mention. In 2011, LaCourse bounced back from ACL surgery in a big way with a team-best 18 wins in the circle including seven shutouts. She drove in a school and league-record 75 runs as well as becoming the clear player of the year choice for the conference.
The career .368 hitter has set the Lady Mocs RBI record with 178 in her career and is on the brink of the conference mark of 184. She was the first player in the SoCon to earn First Team (1B) and Second Team (P) honors in the same season (2009). She has multiple conference mentions from all-tournament (2008-09, 11), player of the month (Feb. and May 2010, Feb. 2012) and player of the week (seven times) during her illustrious career.
Michelle is married to Zack LaCourse. The couple resides in Chattanooga.