Sept. 21, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – Former University of Georgia softball standouts Taylor Schlopy and Laura Trout recently joined the college coaching ranks, accepting positions at Ohio University and South Carolina, respectively.
Schlopy was named an assistant coach at Ohio under head coach Jodi Hermanek. During her collegiate career, Schlopy started 252 games and hit .354. The outfielder also belted 41 home runs, drove in 149 runs and scored 255 runs. An All-American and First Team All-SEC player, Schlopy was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Most recently, Schlopy spent time at Arkansas State, organizing and helping to run a player clinic. This was shortly after she spent the fall of 2011 interning with the University of Georgia Softball Program, where she ran offensive and defensive practices for the Bulldogs.
Trout serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Gamecocks. Trout was a two-year letter winner for the Bulldogs, helping Georgia to the 2010 Women’s College World Series. During her two seasons with the Bulldogs, Trout hit .294, including a .348 mark during her senior season, with 77 hits, 40 RBI and 60 runs scored. Trout spent last season as a student assistant coach under Lu Harris-Champer, assisting with practice and scouting reports.
A native of Summerville, S.C., Trout played two seasons as Spartanburg Methodist College, where she was a two-time NJCAA All-American and Academic All-American and helped the Pioneers to two NJCAA World Series berths. In 2009, Trout was named the Region X Most Valuable Player.