JuliAnne Towers named assistant softball coach

JuliAnne Towers (Courtesy of Bill Diehm)
JuliAnne Towers (Courtesy of Bill Diehm)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. - JuliAnne Towers has been named the assistant softball coach by Head Coach Todd Bradley and joins the Camels after serving in the same position at Millsaps College for the last two seasons.

"The first thing that I noticed about JuliAnne right away was her energy and her passion for the game," Bradley said. "She's been in the game for several years now. She wants to learn, and she wants to help develop our program to reach the goals that we have planned. From both a knowledge of the game and a passion standpoint, she was a perfect fit for Campbell."

Towers, a decorated infielder who enjoyed a four-year career at the University of Connecticut, will assist primarily with the squad's defensive schemes but will be actively involved in all aspects of the program.

"I believe that with her collegiate playing experience as a middle infielder at the Division I level, JuliAnne will be able to bring the things that she has learned from some of the best coaches in the country to help enhance our defense and take it to the next level," Bradley said of his new assistant.

Making 199 starts in 200 career appearances for the Huskies from 2008-11, Towers featured at second base for her first three seasons before making the switch to shortstop as a senior. For her career, she racked up 211 hits (44 doubles, six triples and 28 home runs) with a .329 average while batting in 106 runs.

Statistically, the switch to shortstop proved to be a revelation during her final campaign. Towers led the team in nearly every major offensive category, including hits (54), runs (32), total bases (107), RBIs (42), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (11) and slugging percentage (.699). The 11 homers are a UConn single-season record and helped Towers to earn NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region First Team honors as well as a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team.

"Going to UConn and playing at a high level under Coach [Karen] Mullins really helped to prepare me for the game and to be a coach. She knew that I wanted to be a coach when I first joined the program and throughout my four years really helped to guide me in the right direction," Towers said of her former coach.

Towers will go down as one of the top players in UConn history, ranking in the top 10 of several career categories, including doubles (44, 2nd), RBIs (106, 4th), home runs (28, 2nd), total bases (351, 3rd) and batting average (.329, 8th).

During her two seasons as an assistant at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., Towers helped the Majors to a 49-33 record and a South Athletic Association conference championship in 2013.

"Honestly, it's been a blessing for me to have this opportunity. I really want to thank Coach Bradley and the athletic department for giving me the chance to be at such a great school and to be in a great environment," Towers said. "I see great things happening not only with our coaching staff, but also with our players. I see the team having a lot of success this season."

Towers joins a program that has reached the semifinals of the Big South Conference Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The Camels notched a 31-27 record during the 2014 season, going 13-10 in Big South play with an 11-9 mark on their home field at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.