Nov. 16, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia head softball coach Lu Harris-Champer announced on Friday that Maeve McGuire has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for the Bulldogs.
McGuire, a 5'9" lefty from Downers Grove, Ill., will join the Bulldogs from Benet Academy High School where she batted .528, hit 16 home runs and 24 doubles her junior year. McGuire helped the Redwings to a Illinois state record in doubles by a team with 115 as a sophomore and was one double shy of setting the Illinois record in doubles by an individual by one. In addition to her high school team, McGuire also plays travel ball for the Beverly Bandits, one of the top travel ball programs in the nation.
McGuire was named 1st Team NFCA All American in the spring of 2011 and also was named to the Max Preps 2011 All American team. In addition, she was an Illinois Coaches Association All State First Team selection, named a Chicago Tribune First Team All State player and picked up Daily Herald First Team All State honors. She was also named to the ESCC All-Conference team as a junior, was a second-team Preps High School All-American, a member NFCA High School All-Region Team, a Sun Times/Bandits All-State and a member of the Daily Herald All Area team.
In addition to her numerous All-State awards, McGuire was named the Naperville Sun Player of the Year following both her sophomore and junior seasons at Benet Academy, where she was named the Offensive Player of the Year after her junior season. McGuire was also the ESCC Conference Player of the Year and the 2011 Chicago Sun Times Player of the Year.
"Maeve is a rare five-tool athlete that has the ability to hit a lot of home runs in college, be a great base runner and be an outstanding defender with her above average speed and strong throwing arm," Harris-Champer said. "We love the energy, enthusiasm and passion that Maeve plays the game with, as it is a reflection of the way we play the game at Georgia."
McGuire is the first of two signee's to be announced as part of the Georgia signing class that will join the program for the 2013-14 season.