Laura Trout Named Gamecock Softball Volunteer Assistant|
Sept. 17, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A former JUCO All-American and SEC standout Laura Trout has joined the South Carolina softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach, the team announced today.
Rounding out head coach Beverly Smith's full-time staff, Trout comes to the Gamecocks from Georgia, where she lettered two seasons and helped the Bulldogs to the 2010 Women's College World Series. Last season, Trout served as a student coach on Lu Harris-Champer's staff, helping with practice and scouting reports.
A native of Summerville, S.C., Trout played her first two years of college at Spartanburg Methodist College under former Gamecock assistant coach Rick Pauly. A two-time NJCAA All-American and Academic All-American, she helped the Pioneers to two NJCAA World Series berths. Trout earned the 2009 Region X Most Valuable Player award.
The Gamecocks' new stadium is rising on the same site that the team has played for the past 30 years. The new state-of-the-art facility opens in March 2013 and will include new locker rooms and indoor facilities for the team, a capacity that will double Beckham Field's seats as well as new concessions and restrooms for fans.