MOBILE, Ala-- The University of Mobile announced the addition of Beth Pilgrim as Assistant Softball Coach. The Cantonment, Fla., native comes to Mobile after playing four years for the University of South Alabama softball team.
"I'm really excited to be here," Pilgrim said. "It will be a new experience and different than playing, but I expect to make the transition quickly. I'm also looking forward to working with Coach (Terri) McCormick. She's a great coach and a great person."
At Mobile, she will largely be responsible for working with pitchers and catchers, along with other day-to-day duties. Day-to-day duties include recruiting, practice planning, planning tournaments and many other responsibilities.
"Beth brings Division I pitching experience, having dealt with the pace of that competition," Mobile Head Coach Terri McCormick said. "She also understands the strength and development of pitchers, having been through a program with strength and conditioning specifically for pitchers."
Pilgrim was key in laying the foundation for the USA softball program, having lettered in each of the program's first four years of competition. Through that, she developed leadership abilities that will serve her well as a coach.
"We were brand new and everyone had to step up and lead," Pilgrim said. "I definitely have that ability and hope to give that to the pitchers and the rest of the team."
During her career she went 53-48 with a 1.87 ERA in 596.7 innings of work. She also fanned 723 batters and threw 76 complete games. As a junior, she posted a 1.29 ERA in 221.2 innings of work and was named 2nd-Team All-Conference, while becoming the first Lady Jag to make the All-Tournament Team.
The University of Mobile softball program has made 15 trips to the NAIA National Championship, won the NAIA National Championship in 2006, and finished 2nd on two other occasions. The Lady Rams are 906-298-1 all-time.