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Lindsay Thomas Named Assistant Softball Coach

Sept. 26, 2017

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Softball Coach Jim Clift today announced the addition of Lindsay Thomas and Taylor Sigmon as assistant coaches for the Western Carolina softball program.

Thomas replaces Danielle Glossen, who left to pursue other interests, as the assistant coach for Catamount softball.

“I am very excited to be coaching with such a great competitor,” Clift said. “While Lindsay Thomas was playing at UNCG, she was always a force to be reckoned with.”

Thomas comes to Western Carolina after spending a season with the Austrian Softball League playing for the Vienna M-Stars. She was awarded Best Batter.

Prior to playing in Austria, Thomas spent the 2017 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Virginia Tech coaching the outfielders.

“I am extremely excited to start working with the Catamount softball team,” Thomas said. “The positive attitude and work ethic that coach Clift and the team offers is a great environment to be in and I look forward to working with them.”

Thomas was a decorated four-year player for UNCG. She left the Spartans as the all-time leader in career batting average (.382), runs scored (189), hits (257), home runs (57) and slugging percentage (.728). A two-time NFCA All-Mideast Region and the 2013 SoCon Freshman of the Year, Thomas is only the fifth player in the history of the SoCon and the program’s only four-time first team all-conference selection.

A standout in the classroom as an undergraduate, Thomas was named CoSIDA Academic-All District III as a senior and was the recipient of the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal for posting a 3.5 GPA or higher as a junior.

Thomas graduated in the spring of 2016 with a degree in psychology with a Spanish minor. “Lindsay brings an enthusiasm and a competitiveness that will be a great asset to our program,” Clift said. “I couldn’t pick a better example and role model for our players to follow. Catamount softball nation is lucky to have Lindsay Thomas as a new member of our family.”

 

 

Sigmon is a former four-year softball standout for Western Carolina University. Sigmon was a decorated infielder and pitcher for WCU and was also the first player in Western Carolina softball history to be named second-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She was also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III First Team selection.

She holds the Catamount school record for RBI ending her career with 106 and also holds the record for saves with 20. She also ranks second in the record books for starts with 218. Sigmon also tossed the first perfect game in Catamount softball history on April 13 against North Carolina A&T.

“I am excited about the opportunity to coach with someone as talented as Lindsay,” Sigmon admitted. “I have seen the caliber of player she is first hand playing against her for four years and we are extremely lucky to have us join the Catamount family.”

Sigmon is currently in graduate school at Western Carolina pursuing a master’s degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders.

Western Carolina continues fall ball play hosting Walter's State in a doubleheader Friday beginning at 5 p.m.

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