Nov. 20, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee softball program added another strong player to its 2013 signing class on Tuesday as Shaliyah Geathers signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Vols in the 2013-14 academic year.
Geathers, whose nickname is Shay, will join Annie Aldrete, Megan Geer and Taylor Koenig to comprise UT Class of 2017.
"Shaliyah has great speed and it's something we've always liked to have here at Tennessee - kids in our lineup who can create a lot of havoc on the bases and then use that short game to get on base and steal bases," Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "The neat thing about Shay is that she's got power too. She hits away. I've seen her put a lot of balls in the gap. I've even seen her hit balls over the fence. So, we're excited about that blend of speed and power that she's going to bring to the lineup and we're also excited about her ability to perform in the clutch. I've seen her do that numerous times for the Tennessee Fury program from which she comes. It's a very strong program, a winning program, and Shay knows how to win."
Geathers is a speedy outfielder from Chattanooga, Tenn., who helped lead East Hamilton High School to 2012 region and district championships. The Tennessee Sports Writers Association named her to its 2012 Class AA all-state team after she hit .496 with 19 extra-base hits (four homers), 26 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 40 steals as a junior. She was also named to the Times Free Press Best of Preps first team in both 2011 and 2012. She also received all-region and all-district honors.
Geathers was also a 2012 NAACP Image Award honoree, receiving Reggie White Student Athlete Award.
She plays club ball for the Tennessee Fury 95 and helped lead the team to the 2012 Scenic City title and a seventh place finish at nationals this year.
Nov. 14 marked the start of early signing period for prospective softball student-athletes enrolling in the 2013-14 academic year.
Tennessee went 52-14 last year and the Lady Vols are coming off of their fifth Women's College World Series appearance in the last eight years. This spring, UT returns 14 players from its 2012 Women's College World series squad, including seven starters and two starting pitchers. UT also returns all four of its 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans in Lauren Gibson, Ellen Renfroe, Raven Chavanne and Madison Shipman.
5-3 * Outfield SHALIYAH GEATHERS
Chattanooga, Tenn./East Hamilton H.S.
Is a two-year softball letterwinner for East Hamilton and was team captain as a junior
As a junior in 2012: Earned to TSWA Class AA all-state team, Times Free Press Best of Preps first team, all-region and all-district honors
As a junior in 2012: Hit .496 with 19 extra-base hits (four homers), 26 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 40 stolen bases (SB percentage: .930)
As a junior in 2012: Helped lead East Hamilton to region and district titles
As a sophomore in 2011: Earned Times Free Press Best of Preps first team honors
As a sophomore in 2011: Hit .571 with two homers 12 RBI and 18 stolen bases
Was 2012 NAACP Image Award honoree, receiving the Reggie White Student Athlete Award
Her club team, the Tennessee Fury 95, placed seventh at nationals in 2012
Her favorite athlete growing up was UT softball legend and All-American India Chiles (2004-07)
Chose Tennessee over LSU, Florida State and Southern Illinois