BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb softball added a pair of coaches to its staff over the summer, with Rachel Glazebrook and Chelsea Hawkins joining the program as assistant coaches for the 2016-2017 season.
Glazebrook, a former two-way standout herself on the collegiate level, will work with the team's pitchers and hitters.
She joins the Gardner-Webb family from Shorter (Ga.) College, where she served as an assistant coach. Glazebrook was a graduate assistant in 2015 with the Hawks, helping the squad to a Gulf South Conference title and a spot in the NCAA Division II semifinals.
Shorter finished that season with a very strong 43-17 record.
The Greenville, S.C., native finished her college career in fine fashion, leading North Greenville (S.C.) to a 28-17 record in 2014 and earning Conference Carolinas Player of the Year honors.
Glazebrook led the Crusaders with a .382 batting average and posted 10 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI at the plate. She also walked 30 times and was hit by 11 pitches to forge a sparkling .524 on base percentage. On the mound that season, Glazebrook went 16-8 with a 1.94 ERA and 253 strikeouts in 181.1 innings of work.
For her career at NGU, Glazebrook batted .388 with 141 hits 14 home runs and 77 RBI. She won 45 games in four seasons and struck out 661 batters.
Glazebrook was named All-Carolinas Conference three times during her time at North Greenville.
She originally signed with ACC member Georgia Tech after a standout career at Traveler's Rest (S.C.) High. She was named Female Athlete of the Year as a senior, helping the team to a conference title.
Hawkins, who was a standout slugger herself as a collegiate player, will work with the Gardner-Webb hitters.
She comes to Gardner-Webb after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro. She helped the Spartans to 33 wins in 2016 – including a 24-9 mark at home.
During her season in Greensboro, Hawkins worked with the Spartans' offense and outfielders. UNC Greensboro batted .300 as a team in 2016 with 83 doubles, 61 home runs and 282 RBI. The Spartans scored 310 runs on the season, with Designated Player Lindsay Thomas leading the way with a .411 average, 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 40 RBI.
Hawkins spent the 2015 season as a graduate manager at her alma mater, South Carolina, helping the Gamecocks with outfield play and strategy – as well as assisting the staff with post-game scouting reports and video. She was also involved with the team's batting practice and offensive workouts.
As a student-athlete, Hawkins was a three-year starter for the Gamecocks, slamming 21 home runs during her time at the plate.
She batted .279 for her career with 29 doubles, 21 home runs, 85 runs scored and 90 RBI. Hawkins finished her career with the third-highest long ball total in school history – and ranked in the top-15 in career slugging percentage (.464), RBI, RBI per game and walks.
Hawkins also finished with a .983 career fielding percentage in the outfield, ranked sixth in South Carolina history with 12 outfield assists and started 172 career games.
She batted .309 and slugged .537 as a sophomore to earn NFCA All-South Region honors. She was also a standout in the classroom, earning SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition four times.
Hawkins was a three-time All-State selection at Wren (S.C.) High.