In spring 2013, Coach Ashley Grisham finished her fifteenth season as the head coach of the Lady Cavalier softball team. The Lady Cav’s record for spring 2013 was 16-42. Overall, Coach Grisham’s record is 405-381-8. The Lady Cavs have been nationally ranked five of the fifteen seasons and ranked Top 20 in the nation (www.njcaa.org).
The following accomplishments were made during the 2012-2013 season by the Lady Cav’s under the coaching direction of Coach Grisham and Coach Nordberg:
Lacy Blanchard signed a softball scholarship to play at University of Arkansas Monticello in the fall 2013.
Chelsea Ivy signed a softball scholarship to play at Southern Arkansas University in the fall 2013.
Tiffani Pledger signed a softball scholarship to play at Central Baptist College in the fall 2013.
Kacie Franklin and Emily Sexton will move on to Northwestern State University to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Coach Grisham is the daughter of Dinah and Billy Grisham. She was born and reared in Shreveport, Louisiana and is a graduate of Northwestern State University where she played softball for four years along with her twin sister, Amy. Coach Grisham earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from NSU. She then entered LSU-Shreveport and earned a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Health and Wellness.
Coach Grisham’s has high hopes for 2013-2014. "We are bringing in fourteen new student-athletes and nine experienced student-athletes are returning. These girls realize the opportunity is there to win big and as a team we need to combine our strengths so we can secure a slot at the regional tournament. My goal is to win 35 games including at least 14 conference games this spring. These wins will ensure our return to the regional tournament. We will continue to strive for excellence."
Amanda Nordberg joined the Lady Cavalier coaching staff as an assistant/pitching coach in January 2013 after spending the fall as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Coach Nordberg played her final year at UAPB while completing her Masters in Addiction Studies. Prior to playing for Arkansas Pine Bluff, Coach Nordberg played three years at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she helped guide the Blossoms to a school record breaking 55 and 13 season as a sophomore. The success the Blossoms had during the 2009-2010 season led to a GSC Conference Championship, a Regional Championship and a Super Regional Finalist.
Coach Nordberg is a four time NFCA All American Scholar. She graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE with a 3.83 GPA with a Bachelors in Business Administration in only three years. She received All Conference as well as GSC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors as a sophomore after going 19-3 (undefeated in conference) in the circle. In the same year, UAM Softball was also recognized as having the highest team GPA in the nation among 4 year universities. She holds top ten career pitching records at UAM in Career Wins, Career Appearances, Career Games Started, Career Innings Pitched, and Career Strike Outs. She completed her career with a 31 – 8 record averaging 6 strike outs per 7 innings of play.
Prior to being the Graduate Assistant for UAPB and while completing her Masters Degree, Amanda assisted the Lady Lions to a SWAC Conference Tournament birth. She pitched and played first base for the Lady Lions with highlights that included throwing a 1-0 shut out win over Southern University. As a Lady Lion, she played against the University of Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State University.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lady Cavalier softball program. With experience at the Division 1 and Division II level, my goal is to help the team improve not only on the field, but also help guide each student-athlete in a positive direction for success in the future!"