Reid Ballard, a graduate of Seymour High School and transfer from The University of Tennessee at Martin, has committed to continue her education and collegiate softball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
Ballard, a talented catcher, helped the Eagles to a pair of district championships and two regional titles while advancing to the state tournament twice. This all-district and all-district tournament honoree possess the Seymour record for career home runs while hitting over .450 as a senior. For four consecutive seasons, she was named to the IMAC all-county team. At UT-Martin, Ballard served as a DP hitting .275 for a squad that advanced to the OVC tournament two consecutive seasons.
"We are very excited to have Reid back home," exclaimed Maryville College Head Softball Coach Leah Kelley. "She is a huge addition to this year's class and a very pleasant surprise. I have watched her over many years and always hoped for the opportunity to coach her. She is a great kid and does things the right way. I expect Reid to make an immediate impact on the program, on and off the field."
Ballard 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.