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Chowan University 2017 Softball Media Guide


Table of Contents

Quick Facts

Quick Facts/Contact Information



Murfreesboro, NC





Institutional Information



Dr. M. Christopher White

Head Coach




Assistant Coach


School Colors:

Blue and White

Athletic Director:

Ozzie McFarland

Team Biographies


Head Coach:

Brian DeWitt

Accommodation Listings


Years at Chowan:

7th Season

2016 Season Results



Hawks Field


NCAA Division II

2017 Season Schedule




Contact Information Brian DeWitt

(252) 398-1693

Head Softball Coach

Ashley Wells

(252) 398-1239

Asst. to the Director of Athletics/Hawks Haven Services



Assistant Athletic Director- Communications




NAME Danielle Baccus Emily Stafford Donya Salman Kayla Robins


HT. 5-10 5-7 5-5 5-6

CL. Sr. So. So. Sr.

HOMETOWN/PREVIOUS SCHOOL Hertford, NC / Perquimans County HS Palm Harbor, FL/Pasco Hernando State College Mississauga, Ontario / Stephen Lewis SS Mathews County, VA / Fairmont State

10 11

Shelby Griffis Shannon Buchanan


5-7 5-8

Jr. Fr.

12 13 15 17 18 22 23 24 27 44

Haley Cooper Tina White Katrina Simmons Kris Neal Andi Blodgett Lindsey Stigler Brook Bowen Brittany Parson Molly Rosenthal Audrey Hubbard


5-5 5-2 5-4 5-9 5-3 5-7 5-2 5-11 6-0 5-7

So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr.

Green Cove Springs, FL/St. John’s River State College Virginia Beach, VA/Kempsville HS Perquimans County, NC / Perquimans County HS

Whiteville, NC / Whiteville HS San Diego, CA / Southwestern College Clayton, NC / Corinth Holders HS Tempe, AZ / McClintock HS Rancho Cucamonga, CA/Etiwanda HS Windsor, NC/Bertie HS Reno, NV/Damonte Ranch HS Pheonix, AZ/Scottsdale CC Hurlock, MD / Washington College



Important University Telephone Contacts Admissions Office Business Office Registrar’s Office Financial Aid Office

(800) 488-4101 (252) 398-6252 (252) 398-1230 (252) 398-1229

Important Websites Chowan University Athletics NCAA NCAA Clearinghouse NCCAA CIAA

Chowan University is a four-year co-education intuition. It is the second oldest of North

Carolina's seven Baptist Colleges. Chowan opened in 1848 as a four year college for women, Chowan Baptist Female institute. It was renamed Chowan College in 1910, admitted male students in 1931, and established itself as one of the leading junior colleges in the South in 1937. In 1992 the college returned to four year status. In April of 2006 Chowan President, Dr. M. Christopher White announced the changing of the institutions name from Chowan College to Chowan University. The University fulfills its mission with a careful blend of both liberal arts and professional courses. Recognizing that such a blend of knowledge and experience is particularly suited to the needs of contemporary society. Chowan takes as priority the need to connect general education with specialized education, theoretical learning with practical learning, and intellectual skills with vocational skills. Set amid 300 acres of woodlands embracing beautiful Lake Vann, Chowan’s main entrance leads gracefully around a college green to an antebellum mansion known as the McDowell Columns Building. Sixteen major buildings of contemporary design provide air-conditioned residence, academic and recreational facilities. The small-town university campus attracts students from at least twenty seven states and several countries each year. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools fully accredits Chowan University to offer the bachelor’s degree.

Academic Programs Accounting Allied Heath American Studies Biology Business -Applied Business -Business Admin. -Small Business Management -Small Business Administration Chemistry Church Music Coaching Counseling Criminal Justice Drama Elementary Education English Environmental Biology Exercise Science


Fine Art Studies Graphic Communications Graphic Design History History (Contemporary) History Education Humanities Studies Information Studies Innovative Ministry Leadership Innovative Music Ministry Interdisciplinary Studies Mathematics Marketing Music Music Business/Technology Music Education Physical Education Physical Education/ Teacher Education Emphasis


Pre-Professional -Pre-Dentistry -Pre-Law -Pre-Medicine -Pre-Nursing -Pre-Physical Therapy -Pre-Veterinary Medicine Printing Production and Imagery Technology Psychology Psychology (General Experimental) Public History Religion Science Social Science Sports Management Studio Art Teacher Education

HEAD COACH BRIAN DeWITT Brian De Witt enters his third season as head coach of the Chowan softball team. In the 2015-2016 season DeWitt led the Hawks to their second consecutive CIAA Northern Division Championship title and a second place finish in the CIAA Conference Championship. Chowan finished the season with a 29-14 overall record and an unblemished 140 conference record. DeWitt produced the CIAA Player of the Year, Kayla Robins, and CIAA Rookie of the Year, Haley Cooper. For the team’s success, DeWitt was named CIAA Coach of the Year. The Hawks had five players earning All-CIAA First Team honors, two AllCIAA Second Team honors, three CIAA All-Tournament Team honors and one player earning All-Rookie honors. In the 2014-2015 season the Hawks earned a 26-14 overall record and a 15-1 record in conference play. Chowan was the CIAA Regular Season Division Champion. Chowan had multiple players earning accolades, including one All-CIAA First Team honor, six All-CIAA Second Team honors, one All-Rookie Team honor, three CIAA AllTournament Team honors, one Daktronics/Division II CCA Softball AllAtlantic Region Second Team honor, and two NCCSIA All-State Softball Team honors. In addition, the team earned the highest GPA among all CIAA softball teams and had one player earn CIAA Commissioners All-Academic Team honors. Prior to being named head coach, De Witt served three years as an assistant coach for the Hawks where he worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers. De Witt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During his time there, he was a member of an ASA National Softball Team. Upon graduation, he took a high school teaching position in Tomah, WI, where he was also the head softball coach for five seasons. De Witt continued to play in the same ASA National League while in Tomah.

He then became the head softball coach at Highland Community College. He turned around a struggling program there and won 45 games in his three seasons as skipper. In 2004, De Witt became the first-ever softball coach at Louisiana State University-Eunice. He led the Lady Bengals to a 21-19 record, including a national ranking, in their first season of competition. Before coming to Chowan, De Witt was the head softball coach at Kalamazoo College, where he stayed for two seasons. He resides in Murfreesboro, N.C.



ASHLEY ARCHER ASSISTANT COACH Ashley Archer enters her third year as an assistant coach with the Chowan softball team. In the 2015-2016 season Archer helped lead the Hawks to their second consecutive CIAA Northern Division Championship title and a second place finish in the CIAA Conference Championship. Chowan finished the season with a 29-14 overall record and an unblemished 14-0 conference record. Prior to coming to Chowan, Archer gained experience as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In that capacity, she provided primary skill instruction to outfielders, corner positions, and hitters while remaining actively involved in student-athlete leadership development. During her time with the Skyhawks, the University of Tennessee at Martin had one Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) First Team honoree, two OVC selections, one Second Team AllRegion recipient, a Capital One Academic All-American, and Ohio Valley Freshman of the Year and All-OVC Newcomer. From 2010-2012, Archer served as a varsity assistant coach at Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School while serving as an athletic mentor and tutor at Purdue University. Archer competed as a softball student-athlete at Morehead State University. She was a three-year starter for the team and was an integral part of three 30-plus win seasons. She graduated from Morehead State University in December of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Archer earned her MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in May of 2014.

She resides in Murfreesboro, N.C.



#3 Heather Baccus 5’10” • Senior • 1B Hertford, NC (Perquimans County HS)

Off the field with Heather… Nickname: Danielle Major: Biology & Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching Favorite Food: Sushi and Moe’s Sports Idol: Babe Ruth Pregame Ritual: Listening to music, praying, and having a pep talk with dad What’s on your iPod? Country, Rap, Hip-Hop & Gospel Academic Achievements: Dean’s List, Alpha Chi, SAAC?, Rotaract Club, & Phi Epsilon Kappa Athletic Achievements: Second Team All CIAA 2015, First Team All CIAA 2016 Favorite Hobbies: Painting, Playing Softball, & Shopping Parent/Guardian’s Names: Sybil and Gilbert Baccus Sibling(s) Name and Age: Jason (34) & Jeremy (27)

#8 Kayla Robins 5’6” • Senior • P Mathews County, VA (Fairmont State University)

Off the field with Kayla… Major: Biology Favorite Food: Steak Sports Idol: Lisa Fernandez What’s on your iPod? Country, Pop & Alternative Academic Achievements: Dean’s List Athletic Achievement: 2016 First team all conference, 2016 All Tournament team & 2016 Player of the year Favorite Hobbies: Hunting, Reading & Cooking Parent/Guardian’s Names: Greg & Ashley Robins Sibling(s) Name and Age: Jamie (18) & Hannah (14)



#13 Khrystina White 5’2” • Senior • INF Whiteville, NC (Whiteville HS)

Off the field with Tina... Nickname: Tina Major: Exercise Science Favorite Food: Steak Sports Idol: Natasha Watley Pregame Ritual: Listen to music What’s on your iPod? Rap & R&B Academic Achievements: Alpha Lamda Delta, Honor Society & Dean’s List Athletic Achievements: Second Team All-Conference, Division II CCA AllAtlantic Region Second Team & NCCSIA All-State Second Team Favorite Hobbies: Running Parent/Guardian’s Names: James & Wendy White Sibling(s) Name and Age: Morgan (24), Geena (20) & JT (19)

#15 Katrina Simmons 5’4” • Senior • OF San Diego, CA (Southwestern College)

Off the field with Katrina... Nickname: Trina Major: Health and Physical Education Favorite Food: Sushi & Carne Asada fries Sports Idol: Lauren Chamberlain & Danielle Lawrie Pregame Ritual: Listen to music What’s on your iPod? Alternative Academic Achievements: 2013 Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Athletic Achievements: 2013 Union-Tribune Second Team All-League, 2014 PCAC Second Team All-Conference Favorite Hobbies: Drawing and Cooking Parent/Guardian’s Names: Larry & Kathy Simmons Sibling(s) Name and Age: Joy (31) & Breeanna (16)



#23 Brook Bowen 5’2” • Senior • INF Windsor, NC (Bertie HS)

Off the field with Brook… Major: Social Studies Education Favorite Food: Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Pregame Ritual: Relax and listen to music What’s on your iPod? All genres Academic Achievements: Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Mu Favorite Hobbies:: Playing softball, tennis and Kayaking Parent/Guardian’s Names: Raleigh and Renee Bowen Sibling(s) Name and ages: Brent (26)

#44 Audrey Hubbard 5’7” • Senior • P Herlock, MD (Washington College)

Off the field with Audrey... Nickname: Lee Major: Business Management Favorite Food: Salad with Chicken Sports Idol: Bryce Harper & Manny Machado Pregame Ritual: Listen to music and solving my Rubik’s cube What’s on your iPod? Hip-Hop & Country Academic Achievements: Dean’s List, President’s List, Phi Beta Lambda, Honor Roll, Graduated 12th in class, Music Honor Society, Certificate of Merit for AP Classes & S.T.E.M. Program Athletic Achievements: Defensive/Offensive MVP for Softball, Defensive MVP for Field Hockey, Captain of softball & field hockey teams, Multi Sport Award, Senior Award for softball & field hockey, USMC Distinguished Athlete Award & member of Delaware Storm, Harold Baines Sports Award Favorite Hobbies: Cooking, fishing, swimming, singing and playing field hockey Parent/Guardian’s Names: Barry & Christine Hubbard Sibling(s) Name and Age: Brittany (22)



#10 Shelby Griffis 5’7” • Junior • P Green Cover Springs, FL (St. John’s River College)

Off the field with Shelby… Nickname: Griff Major: Biology Pregame Ritual: Dance & Sing What’s on your iPod? Spanish, Country & Rap Academic Achievements: Dean’s List Athletic Achievements: Co-Defensive Player Favorite Hobbies: Paddling, Hiking & Surfing Parent/Guardian’s Names: Regina Griffis

#17 Kristiana Neal 5’9” • Junior • INF Clayton, NC (Corinth Holders HS)

Off the field with Kristiana... Nickname: Kris Major: Biology Favorite Food: Fettuccine alfredo & Sushi Sports Idol: Cat Osterman Pregame Ritual: Listening to music What’s on your iPod? Pop, hip-hop, & rap Academic Achievements: National Honor Society (high school) & Recognition of GPA of 3.0 or higher (college) Athletic Achievements: All-Conference, All-District & All-State (high school) & AllRookie Team, All Tournament Team, All-state recognition (college) Favorite Hobbies: Swimming & Shopping Parent/Guardian’s Names: Elvin & Tara Neal Sibling(s) Name and Age: Jada (14) & Elvin (5)



#27 Molly Rosenthal 6’0” • Junior • INF Pheonix, AZ (Scottsdale CC)

Off the field with Molly… Nickname: Molls Major: Business Favorite Food: Pineapples Sport Idol: Lauren Chamberlain Pregame Ritual: Listen to music What’s on your iPod? Everything Favorite Hobbies:: Playing softball, & spending time with friends Parent/Guardian’s Names: Thad & Denise Rosenthal Sibling(s) Name and ages: Jimmy (32), Madison (18) & Nolan (13)

#5 Emily Stafford 5’7” • Sophomore • OF Palm Harbor, FL (Pasco Hernando State College)

Off the field with Emily… Nickname: Staff Major: Criminal Justice Favorite Food: Tacos Sports Idol: Derek Jeter What’s on your iPod? Everything Athletic Achievements: NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitter Award Favorite Hobbies:: Playing sport, going to the beach, rapping Parent/Guardian’s Names: Janet Stafford Sibling(s) Name and Age: Zach (22) & Patrick (20)



#6 Donya Salman 5’5” • Sophomore • UTL Mississauga, Ontario (Stephen Lewis SS)

Off the field with Donya... Nickname: Dee Major: Marketing Favorite Food: Cheesecake Sports Idol: Marcus Stroman Pregame Ritual: Putting left cleat on first What’s on your iPod? Hip-hop Academic Achievements: NFCA All Academic Team Athletic Achievements: Provincial Champions (2013) Favorite Hobbies: Going to the beach Parent/Guardian’s Names: Casem & Fatin Salman Sibling(s) Name and Age: Amel (12)

#12 Haley Cooper 5’5” • Sophomore • C Perquimans County, NC (Perquimans County HS)

Off the field with Haley... Nickname: Coop Major: Biology Favorite Food: Spaghetti Sports Idol: Steph Curry Pregame Ritual: Listening to music What’s on your iPod? Rap, Hip-hop & Pop Academic Achievements: Dean’s List & Alpha Lamda Delta Honors Society, Honors College Athletic Achievements: 2016 Rookie of the Year, All-state, All– conference, Alltournament, 2015 Player of the Year, Favorite Hobbies: Shopping, playing volleyball & Going to the beach Parent/Guardian’s Names: Bobby & Sharon Cooper Sibling(s) Name and Age: Marleigh (10)



#18 Andi Blodgett 5’3” • Sophomore • C Tempe, AZ (McClintock HS)

Off the field with Andi... Major: Elementary Education Favorite Food: French Toast Sports Idol: Paul Goldschmidt What’s on your iPod? Fleetwood Mac Academic Achievements: President List, Leadership Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta, NFCA Easton Scholar-Athlete Award, 2015 Arizona 1st Team All-American Softball, National Honor Society & 3.95 unweighted GPA Athletic Achievements: All-City Honorable Mention Catcher (2014) & All-State Honorable Mention Softball (2014) Favorite Hobbies: Reading & Playing Soccer Parent/Guardian’s Names: Tom & Amy Blodgett Sibling(s) Name and Age: Carly (23)

#11 Shannon Buchanan 5’8” • Freshman • P Virginia Beach, VA (Kempsville HS)

Off the field with Shannon… Major: Business Favorite Food: Pineapples Sport Idol: Bryce Harper Pregame Ritual: Listen to music What’s on your iPod? Everything Favorite Hobbies: Playing softball, dancing & going to the beach Parent/Guardian’s Names: Deanna Anderson Sibling(s) Name and ages: Travis (28)



#22 Lindsey Stigler 5’7” • Freshman • C Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Etiwanda HS)

Off the field with Lindsey… Nickname: Linz Major: Elementary Education Favorite Food: Steak Sport Idol: Clayton Kershaw What’s on your iPod? Country Music Academic Achievements: Presidential Academic Scholarship Favorite Hobbies:: Playing Softball, Spending time with family on the boat, spending time with friends Parent/Guardian’s Names: Steve & Tami Stigler Sibling(s) Name and ages: Ashley (16)

#24 Brittany Parson 5’11” • Freshman • 3B Reno, NV (Damonte Ranch HS)

Off the field with Brittany… Nickname: Brit Major: Biology Favorite Food: Steak & Crab Sports Idol: Greg Olsen What’s on your iPod? All genres Academic Achievements: English Student of the Year, Honors graduate, National Merit Scholar, Leaders First team utility & Second team first base Favorite Hobbies:: Playing softball, being outdoors, spending time with family Parent/Guardian’s Names: Virgina Parson, Travis & Brigitte Bakken Sibling(s) Name and Age: Rileigh (12) & Sawyer (11)



Partial Listing of Accommodations Murfreesboro * Bed and Breakfast M & N Bed & Breakfast 252.398.4511 * Bed and Breakfast Home of Carol Piper 252.398.3531 * Barnes House B&B 252.398.3676 * The Commons Bed

& Breakfast

252.398.4052 Ahoskie (13 miles south of campus) * Ahoskie Inn

Chowan University stands in the old Albemarle region of North Carolina between the Roanoke and Chowan Rivers in the northeast corner of the state. The Murfreesboro area was first settled during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the principal inhabitants were several Indian Tribes such as the Chowanokes. Today, the stately old homes seem to whisper of the storied colonial and antebellum days. Murfreesboro is located approximately 60 miles from Norfolk, Virginia and 120 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina. Murfreesboro is the location of the boyhood home of Dr. Walter Reed, discoverer of the cure for yellow fever, and home to Richard Jordan Gatling, the inventor of the Gatling Gun. Tours and special events are offered throughout the year by local groups.

252.398.4165 * Tomahawk Inn 252.332.3194 * Jernigan House B&B 252.209.5455 Franklin, VA (22 miles north of campus) * Franklin Inn 757.562.4100 * Comfort Inn 757.569.0018 * Days Inn 757.562.2225 * Super 8 Motel 757.562.2888 * The Pace House Inn 757.516.6263 Roanoke Rapids (I-95, Exit 173) (35 miles west of campus) * Days Inn 252.536.4867 * Hampton Inn 252.537.7555 * Holiday Inn Express 252.536.2300 ext. 171 * Interstate Inn 252.536.4111 * Jameson Inn 252.533.0022 * Orchard Inn

252.536.2131 * Sleep Inn 252.537.3141




OPPONENT @Barton College (DH)


2/6/2016 2/12/2016

@North Greenville University (DH)

Tigerville, SC


@Erskine College (DH)

Due West, SC


@Queens University (Charlotte) (DH)

Charlotte. NC


UNC-Pembroke (DH)^

Murfreesboro, NC


Barton College

Murfreesboro, NC


West Chester University (DH)^^

Murfreesboro, NC


@Alderson-Broaddus University

Raleigh, NC


@Fairmont State University

Raleigh, NC


@Tusculum College

Raleigh, NC


@Mansfield University

Raleigh, NC


@Millersville University

Raleigh, NC


@St. Andrews University (DH)

Laurinburg, NC

Wilson, NC

Hawks Softball Classic

Shaw University Challenge

West Virginia Wesleyan Tournament @Tiffin University

Salem, VA Salem, VA


@Glenville State University @Bloomsburg University

Salem, VA


@Wheeling Jesuit University

Salem, VA


@West Virginia Wesleyan College

Salem, VA


@Johnson C. Smith University*

Raleigh, NC

3/18/2016 3/19/2016

@Livingstone College* @Saint Augustine’s University*

Raleigh, NC


@Shaw University*

Raleigh, NC


@Winston-Salem State University*

Raleigh, NC


@Fayetteville State University*

Raleigh, NC


@Elizabeth City State University (DH)*

Elizabeth City, NC


@University of Mount Olive (DH)

Mount Olive, NC


@Virginia State University (DH)*

Petersburg, VA


Virginia Union University (DH)*#

Murfreesboro, NC


The Lincoln University (PA) (DH)*&

Murfreesboro, NC


Bowie State University (DH)*+

Murfreesboro, NC


@CIAA Championship

Raleigh, NC

3/11/2016 3/11/2016

CIAA Roundup



Raleigh, NC


2017 Softball Schedule DATE



2/3/2017 North Greenville University (DH 2/4/2017 Limestone College (DH) 2/5/2017 Lenoir-Rhyne University (DH) 2/8/2017 University of Mount Olive 2/11/2017 Coker College (DH) Hawks Softball Classic 2/17/2017 Erskine College (DH) 2/18/2017 Queen University of Charlotte 2/18/2017 John Wesley University 2/19/2017 Queens University of Charlotte 2/25/2017 Salem International University (DH) Shaw University Tournament 3/3/2017 Shepherd University 3/3/2017 Lock Haven University 3/4/2017 Clarion University 3/4/2017 Mansfield College 3/5/2017 Barton College West Virginia Wesleyan Tournament 3/10/2017 East Stroudsburg University 3/11/2017 Mansfield University 3/11/2017 Edinboro University 3/12/2017 Millersville University 3/12/2017 Lincoln Memorial University CIAA Round-Up 3/17/2017 TBA CIAA Round Up 3/25/2017 West Chester University (DH) 3/26/2017 University of the Sciences (DH) 4/1/2017 Elizabeth City State University (DH) 4/8/2017 Virginia State University (DH) 4/9/2017 Virginia Union University (DH) 4/12/2017 UNC Pembroke (DH) 4/22/2017 The Lincoln University of PA 4/23/2017 Bowie State University 4/27/2017 CIAA Championship



Tigerville, SC Gaffney, SC Hickory, NC Mount Olive, NC Hartsville, SC

12:00PM / 2:00PM 1:00PM / 3:00PM 1:00PM / 3:00PM 2:00PM / 4:00PM 1:00PM / 3:00PM

Murfreesboro, NC Murfreesboro, NC Murfreesboro, NC Murfreesboro, NC Murfreesboro, NC

12:00PM / 2:00PM 12:00PM 2:00PM 12:00PM 1:00PM /3:00PM

Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC

4:00PM 7:00PM 1:30PM 4:00PM 12:30PM

Buckhannon, WV Buckhannon, WV Buckhannon, WV Buckhannon, WV Buckhannon, WV

TBD 2:00PM 4:00PM 9:00AM TBD

West Chester, PA Philadelphia, PA Murfreesboro, NC Murfreesboro, NC Richmond, VA Pembroke, NC Oxford, PA Bowie, MD TBD

12:00PM / 2:00PM 11:00AM / 1:00PM 12:00PM / 2:00PM 12:00PM 2:00PM 12:00PM 2:00PM 2:00PM / 4:00PM 1:00PM / 3:00PM 12:00PM 2:00PM TBD


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