Lynchburg native and former Motlow College softball player Janice Morey has seen her life and career come full circle after being named the new head softball coach at Motlow, according to Athletic Director Laura Monks.
Morey comes back home to Lynchburg and Motlow after serving most recently as an assistant softball coach at Stewarts Creek High School after 10 years as head softball coach at Oakland, where she led her team to the District 7-AAA championship in 2014.
“I am looking forward to the challenge coaching at the next level will bring,” said Morey. “Although coaching in District 7-AAA seemed pretty intense at times, coaching at the college level will bring new opportunities to make an impact on young adult’s lives. I cannot image wanting to take this step forward in my career anywhere other than Motlow.”
Monks, the former director of the Motlow Fayetteville Center, was recently named Motlow’s new athletic director as well as dean of students. She joined Morey in starting her new position effective Nov. 1.
“Janice’s passion for softball and for student achievement will be a great asset to the success of the Motlow athletic program,” said Monks. “Her talents as a coach will be felt on the field and in the classroom.”
Morey graduated from Moore County High School and continued her athletic career playing both basketball and softball at Motlow in the mid-1990s. She continued as a student-athlete at Cumberland University in Lebanon where she earned her bachelor’s degree. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons she served as a graduate assistant for the Cumberland softball program while earning her master’s degree.
She officially began her coaching career at Shelbyville in the fall of 2000 and coached the Eaglettes’ softball program for five successful seasons before moving to Murfreesboro and taking over as head coach at Oakland.
“I am very excited to return home to the community I was raised in and to have an opportunity to make a positive impact,” continued Morey. “Motlow has a strong foundation we plan to build upon. I look forward to building relationships with the local schools, outreach programs, and others to allow the girls to get involved and give back to the community. They have a chance to live out their dream of playing college ball, and with that chance comes the responsibility to give back.”
Morey becomes the College’s sixth softball head coach in the program’s 22 years of existence. She replaces Tori Raby-Gentry, another former Motlow player who served as head coach for the past four seasons and as athletic director for the previous 18 months. Raby-Gentry, who resigned in July, led the Lady Bucks to a 27-19-2 record in 2015 and an overall record of 84-107-2.
Monks is a native of Fayetteville and has been the director of Motlow’s Fayetteville campus for almost 10 years. She has held multiple positions at the College since her arrival in 1994, including assistant director of student services, programmer/analyst, and financial aid technician.
“Motlow’s athletic program is highly respected across the state of Tennessee, and I am excited to be part of its future success,” added Monks. “I am looking forward to working with our student athletes and the esteemed coaching staff.”
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