Stephanie Hernandez, a graduate of Notre Dame High School, has committed to continue her education and collegiate softball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
Hernandez is a utility player that excelled at Grace Baptist Academy for a pair of seasons before finishing at Notre Dame. At Grace Baptist, she hit .322 and .395 in consecutive seasons. She had productive travel ball campaigns before finishing her high school career with a .425 average her senior season.
"Stephanie has been through more than any of will in our entire life. She is a kid that is the shining example of overcoming adversity in such a mature way," stated Maryville College Head Softball Coach Leah Kelley. "She doesn't let anything stop her and that is why I am blessed to have her in this program. She has come a long way and I am so excited to see how she continues to grow in my program"
Hernandez 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.