Entering his seventh year at Emory & Henry College, Head Softball Coach Tommy Forrester is coming off his second NCAA tournament appearance in the past three seasons. He has amassed 155 wins in his first six years – second-most in program history and forty wins shy of Shannon Piedmont who accumulated 195 wins in her 10-year tenure from 1998 to 2007.
In 2019, Forrester’s team won 25 games and proved to be one of the top teams in NCAA Division III by playing an elite schedule and earning an at-large berth to the Demorest Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The team was regular season runner-up in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and finished the year with four victories over teams who were featured in the final NFCA Top 25 ranking - including wins over NCAA Super Regional Qualifier Christopher Newport, NCAA Super Regional Qualifier Lynchburg, and two victories over National Championship qualifier Randolph-Macon.
Other highlights of Forrester’s first six seasons at the helm include 31 wins and their first-ever top 25 national ranking in the NFCA coaches poll in 2018, breaking the school record for wins in a season (35 in 2017), earning a berth and a victory in the 2017 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Mount Berry Regional, three top-three finishes in the ODAC tournament (2018 and 2017 - Runner-Up, 2015 - Third Place), and being featured in seven of the last eight NCAA Atlantic Regional rankings polls dating back to April 27, 2017.
Forrester’s student-athletes have excelled both on and off the field. In his first six seasons, 26 women have been selected to All-ODAC teams, six 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 in 2019. The Wasps have also been the recipient of three Individual Conference Awards in the past three seasons – Anna Thomas was the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2019, Erin Anderson was ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2018, and Danielle Loving was ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017. 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.
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.