Softball makes a comeback at BA

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Beaufort Academy will revive its dormant softball program this spring, the school announced Thursday.

Jan Ulmer

After holding an interest meeting and finding there was sufficient interest to field a team this season, the school hired Jan Ulmer to lead the program. Ulmer is a native of the Walterboro area and played basketball and softball at Calhoun Academy (now Colleton Prep) before playing basketball at Converse College.

After earning degrees in English and secondary education from Converse, she received her Master in Education degree from Clemson in secondary guidance and counseling and recently retired after nearly three decades as a teacher and guidance counselor.

Ulmer has coached girls basketball, softball, and golf throughout her career.

“Above the many qualifications and accolades Coach Ulmer has, I am particularly excited about her character and ability to mentor young people,” Beaufort Academy Athletic Director Nick Field said in a release.

BA plans to play 16 games this season and will be the third area SCISA school with a softball program, joining Thomas Heyward Academy and John Paul II.

The Eagles fielded a softball team for two seasons in 2007 and 2008 before a lack of interest led to its discontinuation.

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