EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball coach Sandy Montgomery announced the addition of Alicia Abbott as an assistant coach.
"I am ecstatic to receive the opportunity to work with both Coach Montgomery and the SIUE Cougar program," said Abbott. "With facilities nothing shy of outstanding, a program with a tradition of excellence, as well as a head coach who has seen an abundance of success, I am elated to be fortunate enough to get to have this experience."
Abbott joins the Cougars after spending last season as an assistant coach at Newberry (S.C.). She worked primarily with the infielders and served as a hitting mentor for the Wolves. As the first assistant at Newberry, she was in charge of recruiting, scholarship allocation, scheduling, budget management, community service, equipment and apparel, and academic enrichment.
"She is a great fit because of her ties to the Chicago area from a recruiting standpoint. She has had great mentoring from North Carolina State Coach Lisa Navas," said Montgomery.
The Horizon League's Newcomer of the Year in 2008, Abbott started all 57 games as a freshman and hit .307 for the UIC Flames. She played two seasons with UIC before transferring to North Carolina State to finish out her collegiate career.
In four seasons, Abbott batted .283 and recorded 121 hits, including 20 doubles and eight home runs. The first baseman and outfielder belted a career best four home runs during her senior season with the Wolfpack. Abbott was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll her final two seasons with North Carolina State and earned a bachelor's degree in communication (public and interpersonal) in 2011.
Abbott also served as a student assistant and volunteer assistant for North Carolina State during the 2012 season. At North Carolina State, she assisted with infielders and outfielders. Abbott, who served as the video coordinator for the team, gained valuable experience on an administrative level by assisting with scouting reports and the day-to-day operations of the program.
"She brings lot to the table from a hitting standpoint. She has a great coaching pedigree. Her father coaches at an elite level in the 18U Gold Division in the Chicago area," said Montgomery.