While the College of Charleston underwent major changes in its softball program recently, Greenbrier High School’s Taylor DuPree never wavered on her school of choice.
DuPree verbally committed to the Division I College of Charleston as a sophomore in large part because of coach Shelly Hoerner. Despite Hoerner leaving for Georgia Tech in June, DuPree kept her commitment, signing her letter of intent Friday.
“That’s the school I wanted to go to,” said DuPree, whose father, Gregg, is a College of Charleston alumnus. “Say if I were to quit softball, I’d want to go there. Georgia Tech is a great school, but it’s not for me.”
She was a little hesitant about what would happen with the new coaching staff, but her fears were allayed.
“Recently I’ve met my coaches and they’re amazing. I didn’t expect it to be that way,” DuPree said. “I’m excited because they kind of have the same aspects as my old coaches.”
The Lady Cougars will be getting a player who has been a part of the Lady Wolfpack program since eighth-grade. As a freshman in 2010, DuPree started every game at third base as the team finished as state runners-up. In 2012, she moved to shortstop and was named the 2012 Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year. She finished her senior season as a 2013 First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA infielder.
Lady Wolfpack Coach Garrett Black choked up when he talked about DuPree. He said the team would miss her leadership and commitment.
“She’s been a huge part of this program. I’m personally going to miss her a lot,” said Black.