Marissa Philpott, a senior at Wayne High School, has committed to continue her education and collegiate softball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.
Philpott, a Huber Heights, Ohio native, played her high school softball for the Warriors. This 5-foot-5 standout catcher and outfielder was a four-year varsity starter and scholar athlete. After her sophomore season, she earned central division second team honors. As a junior, she earned special mention within the central division. In her final prep season, Marissa hit .500 on the season with 20 RBI earning national league first team honors as well as being named the team MVP.
"I have had my eye on Marissa's softball talents since her sophomore year of high school. When I saw her at a camp I knew she would fit right in here at Maryville College," stated Maryville College Head Coach Leah Kelley. "She has the qualities a coach can't teach: passion and work ethic. She can play just about any position on the field and I am expecting to use her in many different areas. I look forward to watching her grow in the next four years"
Marissa joins a program that has flourished the past two seasons under the direction of Head Coach Leah Kelley. She has taken the Scots to the USA South Athletic Conference semi-finals the past two years during the post-season league tournament. Under her guidance, Maryville is 61-61 overall since the 2014-2015 season and 32-32 in USA South challenges.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.