Kim Scavone Named Head Softball Coach
Raleigh, N.C. - Kim Scavone has been named the head coach of the
Meredith College softball program. Scavone brings a wealth of
experience as a highly awarded Division I college pitcher at Boston
College, professional player and as a Division I assistant coach at
Fordham University. She has most recently been teaching private
pitching and hitting lessons in the Raleigh area and has many years
of experience as an instructor at numerous camps and clinics. The
Avenging Angels look to keep the program on the rise with the
addition of Scavone and her on the field experience.
"We are so pleased to have someone with Kim's experience leading the team forward. She was a highly successful pitcher in the Big-East Conference, winning both Rookie of the Year and Pitcher of the Year during her tenure at Boston College. She also gained valuable insight as an assistant while working at Fordham, and according to Head coach, Bridget Orchard, "she is definitely ready to be a head coach; she has great knowledge of the game and is mature beyond her years." We believe she will be a great fit for our program and look forward to her joining our staff," said, Meredith Athletic Director Jackie Myers.
At Fordham University, where Scavone served as the first assistant coach, she was in charge of the pitching staff and was responsible for recruiting, team administration, fund-raising and travel coordination. During Scavone's guidance, the Fordham pitching staff led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2005, as well as setting school records for wins (38) and strikeouts (308). In addition, pitcher Sara Kinney was selected as the 2005 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of Year, after setting the Rams' career records for shutouts and strikeouts, while having the single season mark for wins, strikeouts, and shutouts. In her first season, Scavone helped guide the Fordham pitching staff to team records for earned run average (1.46), shutouts (12), and strikeouts, while making their second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance. Individually under her guidance, pitcher Sara Kinney earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors, after leading the league in strikeouts and innings pitched, while setting the Atlantic 10 record for saves.
Besides her duties as assistant coach, Scavone has played and coached professionally overseas in Italy. In her first season, as a player and coach for Giovane Porpetto in the Italian Federation Softball League, she helped Porpetto to a 20-8 overall record, good for First Place in the A Division, and a berth in the Serie A2 Best-of-Five Championship Series. In that series, Poretto defeated Rome, three games to one, with Scavone pitching a perfect game in Game 3. In the Championship series, Scavone pitched 14 innings allowing one hit, no earned runs, while striking out 22 batters. Overall, Scavone posted a perfect 8-0 record, pitching 56 innings, allowing just one earned run on 21 hits and four walks, while striking out 91 batters. Her 11.38 strikeouts per game ranked second in the league, while her 0.13 earned run average lead the league.
Scavone was a four year starter at Boston College from 2000-03, while serving as team captain her junior and senior year. She began her collegiate career by winning the 2000 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award, while also garnering First Team All-Rookie and First Team All-BIG EAST honors. Scavone then capped her career by receiving the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year award in 2003 as well as First Team All-BIG EAST honors, after going 16-6 on the year, and leading Boston College to its first regular season title since 1998 and an NCAA Tournament berth. Scavone finished her career as the BIG EAST career and single season strikeout record holder. She was also a First Team Regional All-American in 2003. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College.
A graduate of Bay Shore High School, Scavone received plenty of accolades out of high school as she was named the New York State Class A Player of the Year twice. She was also a two-time NFCA All-American, a two-time NFCA Academic All-American, and a three-time Fast Pitch Magazine All-American.
Scavone, whose maiden name is Kim Ryan, and her husband Vincent, have one child, Katherine, and reside in Clayton.
Full Bio: http://www.meredith.edu/athletics/softball/coaches.php