Gelbard Announces 2018 Signing Class

Gelbard Announces 2018 Signing Class

UMBC Head Softball Coach Heather Gelbard announced on Friday the signing of six recruits to her second class.

Joining the Retrievers next fall will be Chloe Obispo, Logan Hawker, Courtney Coppersmith, Gillian McCarthy, Karly Keating, and Noelani Herrera.

Gelbard said, "Overall, I'm extremely excited about our signing class.  This class represents not only the talent we need to be successful on the field, but we have signed six quality people.  These are high character kids who will fit in well with our returners, and continue to represent UMBC and our softball program with the utmost class."

"Overall, defensively we have a very athletic class, with each kid capable of making an impact in a number of ways.  Offensively, we are balanced in power, consistency, and speed, which is how I want to build our offense."

Logan Hawker is a catcher, while also playing all three outfield positions as well as third base.  Her hometown is Mechanicsville, VA where she attended Lee-Davis High School.  She was named to First Team All-Conference, All-Region, All-Metro, and All-State for all four years in high school.  Hawker also hit two homeruns in a game three separate times.  She was also named to the All-Academic Team for all years, while recording a 4.54 GPA.  Hawker intends to earn her degree in Engineering.

Karly Keating is a catcher from Orlando, FL, where she attended Bishop Moore Catholic.  While there, she set a school record batting average, hitting .582.  She was also named to the All-District Team all four years.  She is undecided with her major, but has a goal to graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA.

"Logan and Karly are both versatile defensively, as they both catch and play the corners.  I really think both have the ability to make a huge impact early on with their bats, especially with their power.  These are kids who can change the game with one swing."

Noelani Herrera plays both infield and outfield, and comes to UMBC from local Broadneck High School.  Herrera led her team for three years in batting, hitting .340 in 2015, .431 in 2016, and .381 in 2017.  She was named to the All-County Second Team in 2017, as well as received the Bruin Award in 2017 for being the heart of the team.  She received Honor Roll recognition all years in high school.  She will be studying Political Science with hopes to become a politician.

Chloe Obispo is a middle infielder, coming from Virginia Beach, VA.

"Noelani and Chloe are both extremely athletic middle infielders/outfielders.  I expect both of them to make an immediate impact on the field defensively, and provide much needed depth up the middle.  Their consistency at the plate, as well as speed and aggressiveness on the basepaths fits right in with our identity as an offense."

Courtney Coppersmith is a pitcher from York, PA.  She also plays first base and outfield for Central York High School.  Coppersmith has an impressive resume both on and off the field, being named the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, as well as being named to the Division I First Team.  In 2017, she was named Player of the Year in the YAIAA Division I, as well as Player of the Year and PIAA All-State First Team Pitcher.  Off the field, she was named to the Science, Math, and Spanish National Honor Societies.  She will be majoring in Chemistry, with aspirations to become a teacher, or work in the forensics field.

Gillian McCarthy is a pitcher from Mainland Regional High School in Somers Point, NJ, where she was awarded the 2015 and 2016 Mainland Golden Glove Award.  She was a member of the National Honor Society to go along with her 5.0 GPA.  McCarthy plans to major in Biology in order to become a physician after school.

"Last but certainly not least, Courtney and Gillian are both elite level pitchers in their own right, but I'm particularly excited because they complement each other and our returning pitchers perfectly.  I think they will combine with Val to become one of the America East's most dominant staffs."