Amaya Goodloe, a graduate of Bearden High School, has committed to continue her education and collegiate softball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
Goodloe used her speed to pace the district in stolen bases as a junior. She earned All-District honors after hitting .402 her senior season. She collected 33 hits, 22 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in her final high school season. During summer ball, this talented outfielder racked up 30 stolen bases with a .351 batting average and .401 on-base percentage.
"Amaya is one of the fastest kids I have ever recruited," stated Maryville College Head Softball Coach Leah Kelley. "She has the ability to place the ball in play and beat it out. She is a triple threat and puts a lot of pressure on defenses. She is a big addition to our outfield."
Goodloe joins a program that has flourished the past three seasons under the direction of Head Coach Leah Kelley. Kelley directed the Scots toward a 2018 USA South Regular Season and Tournament Championship before earning the program's third bid to the NCAA regionals following a school record 31 wins. In four seasons at the helm, Kelley has a 92-75 career record while going 44-34 within USA South Athletic Conference action.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,181.