SCF Manatees Softball Head Coach Meredith Headings Resigns
(Bradenton, Fla., July 17, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has announced the resignation of SCF Manatees Softball Head Coach Meredith Headings.
Headings, an SCF alumna, led the Manatees softball program for seven seasons, earning three Suncoast Conference championships, qualifying for the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State/National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VIII tournament seven times, and clinching the program's second NJCAA Region championship in 2012. Headings was a three-time Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year with an overall record of 243-139 as head coach.
"The SCF softball program has a strong reputation for its academic and athletic excellence because of the leadership of Meredith Headings," said SCF Athletic Director Matt Ennis. "We are grateful for what she has done for our program and department. She will always be a part of Manatees softball."
Under her leadership, the SCF Manatees were named the 2013 FCSAA Female Academic Team of the Year with a team grade-point average of 3.39. The team also was recognized as an NJCAA All-Academic team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
In 2013, Headings was inducted into the SCF Athletics Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a student-athlete. She is credited with hitting the first home run at the Manatees softball field and holds both the single season (13) and career (23) home run records for the program. She was the second fast-pitch softball player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Headings, who drew from her experience of playing for the SCF Manatees Softball team in 2000 and 2001, served as both a coach and mentor to her players.
"These have been some of the best years of my life. It is bittersweet to move on from SCF, the softball program and my players to pursue my professional goals. I have encouraged so many young ladies to follow their heart and achieve their goals, and now it is time for me to do the same," Headings said.
Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs said, "The influence Meredith has had on Manatees Athletics far exceeds her amazing accomplishments as head softball coach. Her 'students first' mentality and focus on academic advising has helped student-athletes for the last seven years prepare for a future beyond their college athletic career."
The college will seek to fill the softball head coaching position quickly. SCF Manatees Assistant Softball Coach Michelle Puls will serve as interim head coach.