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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Where Are They Now: Laura Curtis

Who is she? Laura Curtis, a former all-conference infielder for the Memphis Tiger and an all-region utility player for Chattanooga State.

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What is she known for? Curtis played shortstop and center field for the Chattanooga State Tigers, hitting .364 over her two seasons at the school with twelve home runs and ninety-six RBI. At Memphis, she was an all-Conference USA selection at third base in her junior campaign, her first in the Bluff City, She led her squad in slugging percentage that same season, finishing top-three in three other categories, as well as in the top five conference-wide in two categories. She was named an academic all-American in 2013, her final campaign.

Here's something interesting... At Chattanooga State, Curtis played for head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph. After transferring to Memphis, Curtis' new squad would later go head-to-head with her former coach during the 2013 season after Keylon-Randolph became head coach at East Carolina. In a three-game series that the Pirates swept, the former coach had her former player's number as Curtis reached base only twice, picking up one base hit and taking a base on balls.

Some advice for young players of today: "Always show up 15 minutes early; to workouts, practice, and warm-ups for games. Show up early. It will be noticed by your coaches and your teammates."

What's she up to now? Since her playing career ended, Curtis has gone back to school to obtain her Master's degree in athletic training, with the goal of continuing her education at physician's assistant school to become a PA and athletic trainer for a college or professional sports teams. As with many ex-athletes, she is also a coach and participant in CrossFit.

Contact information: You can find Laura on Twitter @L_Curtis8.

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