Xavier names Markham as varsity softball coach

Carrie Markham (Submitted photo)

Carrie Markham (Submitted photo)

Xavier College Preparatory has announced Carrie Markham as its new head varsity softball coach.

Coach Markham will succeed Bobby Pena, Xavier’s head coach of nine years, who has accepted a coaching position at Glendale Community College, according to a press release.

Ms. Markham was a four-year starter as a pitcher/outfielder at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.

While in college, she earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a pitcher and was on the President’s Academic list for both softball and volleyball, stated the release.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Change from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte and, during that time, she also interned with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

For the past three seasons, she has coached at Xavier under the guidance of Mr. Pena, whom she credits with providing the blueprint for Xavier’s softball program.  Her professional coaching has focused on developing pitchers, and she has worked as a certified pitching instructor for the past six years and recently as a certified personal trainer as well, the release stated.

“We are thrilled to have Carrie lead our softball program,” stated Sister Lynn Winsor, Xavier’s vice principal for activities and athletic director, in the release.  “She has been a valuable member of our program and has been mentored by Xavier’s skilled and talented softball coaches.  We know that, as Head Varsity Coach, she will continue the legacy of excellence that our softball student-athletes have attained in the past.”

Xavier’s softball team finished third in the state last season, according to the release.

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