RALEIGH, N.C. -- Longtime Meredith College Head Softball Coach Kim Scavone was recently elevated to full-time status within the athletics program. Three head coach positions remain part time with the college, and Athletic Director Jackie Myers has hopes of the college moving all three positions to full-time sometime during her tenure.
"I am thrilled that the college approved the decision to move Kim to full-time status," said Myers. "No one is more deserving. She is a valuable member of our athletics team and runs a great softball program."
Both of Myers' most recent coaching new hires entered as full-time staff employees. And the college committed to a third full-time position with assistance from the NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grant to hire Samantha Maziejka, the assistant athletic director for development.
A 2014 inductee into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame, Scavone joined the Avenging Angels coaching staff in 2010. Under her direction the Avenging Angels accumulated 171 wins overall thus far with a winning percentage of .546 and will likely reach 100 USA South victories early in 2019.
"I am so thankful to have the support of our administration," said Scavone. "It has been a privilege to work at Meredith the past eight years. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow the program and build on our success. I am excited for the future of Meredith Softball."
The Softball Angels clinched the 2017 USA South East Division Championship during the final doubleheader of the regular season and went on to win the divisional playoffs for a top seed in the league's double-elimination tournament. Scavone collected her second Coach of the Year honor as the team earned a program-best 28 wins. Last year's team matched 2017 with as many wins and captured two conference tournament victories as well, a first since the 2011 season.
Scavone's program earned another first in 2015 as senior Amanda White garnered USA South Softball Player of the Year honors. White also claimed a piece of Division III history as the 2015 NCAA National Statistical Champion for Slugging Percentage, leading the country with .990.
Scavone brings a wealth of experience to the Avenging Angels athletics program. She came to Meredith after serving as the first assistant coach at Division I Fordham University. During Scavone's tenure from 2003-2005, the Rams collected their first Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2005, as well as setting school records with 38 wins and 308 strikeouts. In addition, pitcher Sara Kinney was selected as the 2005 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of Year. In her first season, Scavone helped guide the Fordham pitching staff to team records for earned run average, shutouts, and strikeouts, while making their second-straight Atlantic 10 tournament appearance. Kinney earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors as well.
In addition to coaching softball at the collegiate level, Scavone played and coached professionally overseas. In her first season while in Italy, 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 "Series 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 0.13 earned run average lead the league, and she ranked second with 11.38 strikeouts per game.
Scavone was a four-year starting pitcher at Boston College from 2000-2003, while serving as team captain her junior and senior years. As a freshman, she garnered the 2000 Big East Rookie of the Year award, while also earning First Team All-Rookie and First Team All-Big East honors. Scavone capped off her career as the Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2003 and earned First Team All-Big East honors. A 16-6 overall finish led 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 with the Marauders 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. In June 2012, Scavone was inducted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame as a member of the charter class.
In addition to directing the Meredith softball program, Scavone supervises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. SAAC collected a record $2641 last spring during the USA South's change drive Pennies for a Purpose and donated a program-best 2330 non-perishable food items to North Carolina Food Bank.
"I am also looking forward to working with student-athletes from all of our teams to expand our SAAC efforts on campus and in the local community," said Scavone.
The Avenging Angels softball team opens the 2019 season at home February 16 versus the 2018 National Champion Virginia Wesleyan Marlins.