Three-peat Softball Coach Loves Her Job
Posted: April 23, 2012
We should all love our jobs with the passion of coach and student adviser Meadow McWhorter.
There may be something Meadow McWhorter, MHCC’s winning softball coach and equally winning student events coordinator, doesn’t like about working at the College—but we haven’t been able to find it.
During the day, she works with the Student Activities Board, a group of active, motivated students who plan and manage events, concerts and more around the campus, as well as the Associated Student Government Executive Cabinet, which organizes and oversees MHCC’s 25-plus student clubs and organizations. In the evenings, she coaches the consistently dominating women’s softball team.
“I’m so blessed to be in this position,” McWhorter says. “I learn so much from the students, both my players and the student leaders I advise—and it’s just a lot of fun. I love coming to work each day!”
Father-Daughter Coaching Staff
McWhorter came to the College on a softball scholarship in 1997 to play for her father, who was assistant coach of the MHCC Saints. After putting some numbers in the MHCC softball record books (most innings pitched, most shutouts pitched, most at-bats), she went on to Jacksonville State University in Alabama. She returned to Gresham in 2002 to take the MHCC softball head coaching job, where she immediately hired her dad back as a volunteer assistant.
“My dad kept me grounded in that first year as coach,” McWhorter says. “By my second year we were recognized as the National Fast Pitch Association Coaching Staff of the Year, so we figured out how to work together.”
Since community college athletics are not exactly funded at Division 1 levels, McWhorter was teaching softball and working for a lumber company to make ends meet until 2008, when she saw that the events coordinator position was open.
“I knew it was perfect for me,” she says. “I get so much enjoyment from building relationships with students. Helping them grow and take charge of events and projects is very rewarding. Associated Student Government (ASG) really goes above and beyond to serve the learning community at MHCC.
“One of my goals,” McWhorter says, is to help bridge the gap between student life and athletics, so we have more student athletes involved in the responsibilities of leadership on campus as well as on the field. Similarly, I am helping ASG leaders to become more involved in athletics, whether as an athlete on intramural teams, or as a fan. It’s a great way to enrich the overall college experience.”
Finding success and fulfillment in her day job goes right along with winning on the diamond. After achieving the rare “three-peat” last season, McWhorter’s powerful team is looking for the “four-score” this time around: four straight softball championships.
With a record like that, what’s not to like?
Check out the 2012 softball schedule.