Natalie Powers, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound catcher from Holland Hall in Tulsa, Okla., received the offer from Tennessee-Chattanooga head coach Frank Reed after taking an unofficial visit to tour the Mocs’ campus last weekend.
On Saturday night Powers was enthused to announce she accepted the scholarship offer by issuing a verbal commitment to coach Reed.
“I really liked the campus,” Powers beamed when asked why she chose UTC. “I liked that you can walk everywhere, (and) it wasn’t too big. I liked the older buildings but I also like that they are building lots of new ones. They are building a new student activity and a brand new athletic training room. The stadium is one of the nicest I’ve seen and there’s an indoor facility to practice in when the weather is bad.”
“But most of all, I’m excited to play for Coach Reed. I have always wanted to have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament and Coach Reed has taken the Mocs to the tournament four times in seven years.”
Powers liked that the softball program has been so successful over the past seven years, but another huge factor in the quick decision was the comfortable feeling she got from the coaching staff and other current players.
“Coach Reed and Coach Irwin made me feel comfortable from the very beginning,” Powers said. “I liked that Coach Reed really cares about his players. But the best thing was that I really liked the girls on the team and a lot of them will still be there when I get there.”
Coach Reed and Coach Martin (Photo Courtesy of GoMocs.com)
Powers, who has an overhand throw speed of 70 mph and pop time (from home to second base) of 1.65 seconds, believes if she works hard that there will be a chance to earn some early playing time at UTC, another added bonus.
“Coach Reed made me feel like I would be an asset to the team. He said he needed a 2010 catcher that could come in ready to play and that I was the player he wanted to fill that spot.” Powers informed.
Powers carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 24 on the ACT and after graduating from Holland Hall, one of the most prestigious academic schools in the country, she will be well prepared for the academic side of the college life.
“Holland Hall offers a lot of courses not offered at other schools, like Chinese, and our regular classes are like AP courses at other schools. The block scheduling teaches you time management.” Powers explained of the benefits of attending Holland Hall.
As a freshman and sophomore, Powers earned All-North Zone and All-Conference honors and was recognized as the Defensive Player of the year.