Head Softball Coach Tommy Forrester enters his sixth year at Emory & Henry College coming off back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in program history. Forrester eclipsed the 100-win mark on opening day 2018 in just his fifth season at Emory & Henry. He has the second most wins (130) and the highest winning percentage (.610) of any softball coach in Emory & Henry history. In 2018, the Wasps received their first-ever Top 25 national ranking in the NFCA coaches’ poll. Forrester’s squad has also earned five straight NCAA Atlantic Regional rankings dating back to April 27, 2017.
Other highlights during Forrester’s first five seasons at the helm include a berth and a victory in the 2017 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Mount Berry Regional, breaking the school record for wins in a season (35 in 2017), qualifying for postseason play each year, and three top-three finishes in the ODAC tournament (2018 and 2017 - Runner-Up, 2015 - Third Place),
Forrester’s student-athletes have excelled both on and off the field. In his first five seasons, 19 women have been selected to All-ODAC Teams, four have been honored as NFCA All-Atlantic Region Team members and eight have been selected to an ODAC All-Tournament Team. Academically, the team has raised their GPA from 2.7 to 3.2 during Forrester’s tenure. Half of the roster was awarded ODAC All-Academic honors for the 2017-18. The Wasps have also been the recipient of the past two ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. Danielle Loving received the award in 2017 while Erin Anderson brought home the hardware in 2018, both of whom Forrester recruited and coached. Forrester’s teams also participate in a number of camps and service projects around campus and in the community.
A member of the class of 2004, Forrester returned to E&H in the fall of 2013 to lead the softball program. Before returning to his alma mater, Forrester spent four years as the Head Softball Coach at Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee. After inheriting a struggling program in the fall of 2009, Forrester led the Patriots to three 20-win seasons.
During the summer, Forrester enjoys the opportunity to combine three of his passions – mission work, traveling, and softball. He has been running softball camps in the Czech Republic since 2008 in conjunction with the United Methodist Church and has been able to take several of his current and former players and coaches along to assist with the camps.
As a student-athlete, Forrester was a four-year letterwinner in the infield for the Wasps’ baseball team and was named the team MVP his senior season. He was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III First-Team selection. Forrester graduated magna cum laude in May of 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. While teaching at Clemson University, he completed coursework toward a Master’s Degree in mathematical sciences. A Bluff City, Tennessee native, Forrester currently resides in Bristol, Tennessee.