Friday, March 18, 2016

Where Are They Now: Shelbee Rodgers

Who is she? Shelbee Rodgers, a former pitcher for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Photo Credit: Terrill Weil

What is she known for? Rodgers spent her freshman and sophomore seasons at ULL before transferring to Southern Miss for the final two years of her career. She was the staff ace during her time at USM, leading the team in five statistical categories in her senior season. She was three times named to the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll, including during her redshirt season.

Here's something interesting... Growing up as a traditional Louisiana girl, Shelbee was a hunter from an early age. In the 4th grade, she took her first shot at a live deer, and instead of taking down one, she killed two deer with the same shot!

Quotable quote: "Chase your dreams, no matter how big, no matter how far they seem away, and no matter who tells you otherwise, simply run as fast and as hard as you can and chase your dreams. Do everything you know possible to achieve what you want to achieve and do not let anything or anyone get in the way. Life is way too short to settle; be extraordinary, prove people wrong, and go get it."

What's she up to now? Now Shelbee Rodgers-Sowders after her marriage late last summer to a member of the Georgia Tech strength & conditioning staff, Shelbee is on staff at Champions Fast Pitch Academy in Atlanta. Her primary focus and responsibility is for their non-profit organization called Tomorrow's Champions, though she also participates in giving lessons. Though she says a pitching coach position is something that she might like to pursue at some point, she calls herself "extremely blessed" to be in the position that she has.

Keep up: You can find Shelbee on Twitter @ShelbeeRodgers.

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