Bryant announces the hiring of Tracey Powell as an assistant coach
Sep 9, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Head coach Megan Bryant and the Stony Brook softball program announced the hiring of Tracey Powell as an assistant coach on Monday. In addition to coaching the pitchers and catchers, Powell will assist with hitting, practice, game management and recruiting. Powell will also serve as the staff liaison to student-athlete development.
"We are thrilled that Tracey Powell has decided to join us here at Stony Brook," Bryant said. "Tracey brings good experience to our staff, she is knowledgeable and passionate, and she has worked with outstanding coaches during her career. I like the perspective Tracey brings to our pitching staff as a former catcher and I believe that our pitchers will benefit tremendously from her experience and insight."
Powell previously served as an assistant/pitching coach with the College of Charleston in 2012-13, during which time she worked with all hitters, infielders and pitchers. Under Powell's guidance, the pitching staff posted a 2.61 team ERA and a .239 opponent batting average, while helping the Cougars to 37 wins and a second-place finish in the Southern Conference regular season standings.
No stranger to the Long Island scene, Powell previously worked as an assistant coach at LIU Post (formerly C.W. Post) from 2010-12. Powell worked with the pitchers and catchers and also assisted with bullpen sessions, situational defense, outfield drills, hitting, and strength and conditioning. In 2011, the pitchers recorded a 1.67 team ERA, which ranked 14th nationally, and helped the Pioneers to a 41-16 record, the East Region Championship and a spot in the College World Series (NCAA Division II). LIU Post finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation and Powell, along with the rest of the staff, received the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Powell also has extensive experience with youth softball instruction, having taught the sport to age groups ranging from seven to 18. Powell previously worked as an instructor at the New York Softball Academy (Brookville, N.Y.) and at the Frozen Ropes Softball/Baseball Facility (Garden City, N.Y.) from 2010-12. Powell also managed and taught softball at Ozzie Smith's Sports Academy in Yorktown, Va., and taught speed and agility at 3D Sports, also in Yorktown, in 2009-10.
Powell played collegiately at Liberty University from 2005-07, before suffering a shoulder injury that ended her college career. After undergoing surgery and the rehabilitation process, Powell was able to re-take the field in 2008 as the starting catcher of the Competitive Edge International Softball team, which traveled to China to challenge the Chinese Olympic and National teams.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., Powell earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Liberty University in 2009.