In spring 2013, Coach Ashley Grisham finished her fifteenth season as the head coach of the Lady Cavalier softball team. Overall, Coach Grisham’s record is 405-381-8. The Lady Cavs have been nationally ranked five of the fifteen seasons and ranked Top 20 in the nation (www.njcaa.org).
Coach Grisham is the daughter of Dinah and Billy Grisham. She was born and reared in Shreveport, Louisiana and is a graduate of Northwestern State University where she played softball for four years along with her twin sister, Amy. Fall 2013 Amy Grisham Calhoun will be inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame at Northwestern State University. Coach Grisham earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from NSU. She then entered Louisiana State University Shreveport and earned a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Health and Wellness.
Coach Grisham takes pride in the fact that most of the players who want to move on to a four year school to play softball on a scholarship are doing so. There have been over 60 Bossier Parish Community College softball players in her fifteen seasons who have been helped to move on to better their academic and athletic career.
Coach Grisham’s has high hopes for 2013-2014. "We are bringing in fourteen new student-athletes and nine experienced student-athletes are returning. These girls realize the opportunity is there to win big and as a team we need to combine our strengths so we can secure a slot at the regional tournament. My goal is to win 35 games including at least 14 conference games this spring. These wins will ensure our return to the regional tournament. We will continue to strive for excellence."
“It’s not every day a person wakes up knowing that they love going to work, but I do. This place called BPCC is my home and I look forward to helping many more young people as they prepare for life on and off the field. What a blessing Bossier Parish Community College is to me and thousands of others in this area.”
Coach Grisham’s favorite quote - “There is no substitute for hard work.” Thomas A. Edison
Amanda Nordberg joined the Lady Cavalier coaching staff as an assistant/pitching coach in January 2013 after spending the fall as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Coach Nordberg played her final year at UAPB while completing her Masters in Addiction Studies. Prior to playing for Arkansas Pine Bluff, Coach Nordberg played three years at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she helped guide the Blossoms to a school record breaking 55 and 13 season as a sophomore. The success the Blossoms had during the 2009-2010 season led to a GSC Conference Championship, a Regional Championship and a Super Regional Finalist.
Coach Nordberg is a four time NFCA All American Scholar. She graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE with a 3.83 GPA with a Bachelors in Business Administration in only three years. She received All Conference as well as GSC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors as a sophomore after going 19-3 (undefeated in conference) in the circle. In the same year, UAM Softball was also recognized as having the highest team GPA in the nation among 4 year universities. She holds top ten career pitching records at UAM in Career Wins, Career Appearances, Career Games Started, Career Innings Pitched, and Career Strike Outs. She completed her career with a 31 – 8 record averaging 6 strike outs per 7 innings of play.
Prior to being the Graduate Assistant for UAPB and while completing her Masters Degree, Amanda assisted the Lady Lions to a SWAC Conference Tournament birth. She pitched and played first base for the Lady Lions with highlights that included throwing a 1-0 shut out win over Southern University. As a Lady Lion, she played against the University of Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State University.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Lady Cavalier softball program. With experience at the Division 1 and Division II level, my goal is to help the team improve not only on the field, but also help guide each student-athlete in a positive direction for success in the future!”
Shelby Leach starts her first year at Bossier Parish Community College. In December, Shelby will graduate from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in Human Performance, Recreation, and Community Service with an emphasis in Sports Management. She will begin working on her masters in January 2014.
Shelby is a native of Jonesboro, Louisiana where she played softball and basketball for Weston High School. She competed in the State Tournament in softball in 2005 and basketball in 2009. Shelby received All District honors in softball her sophomore and junior year in high school and received the MVP award in softball her senior season.
Shelby attended Bossier Parish Community College from 2009-2011 and was an outfielder for the Lady Cavaliers Softball Team. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also made the Chancellors list at BPCC both years and made Academic All American her sophomore year. Shelby received honors for “Who’s Who” her sophomore year at BPCC. She went on to play on a full scholarship at Southern Arkansas University and was an Academic All American her last two years of collegiate ball.
Shelby will work primarily with outfield and hitting this fall and will be a base coach as well. Shelby’s thoughts on her start here at Bossier Parish Community College are as follows:
“I am so happy to be a part of Bossier Parish Community College and the Athletic Department. It has been a home to me since I played here and I knew once I left that I would be back here one day. I am thankful that God has placed me here and I feel I can be a positive role model for the players and will work diligently to pursue excellence. I am excited about the group of kids we have and feel we have the talent and work ethic to win ball games at this level. I look forward to many successful years at this place I call home.”