#NationalSigningDay2021: Hailey Carr to play softball at Shenandoah University


by Erica Blockinger and Chloe Little

On February 3, Hailey Carr signed to play Division III softball for the hornets at Shenandoah University.

Although Carr looked at other schools, Shenandoah stood out to her the most. 

“I didn’t choose those schools because they were too far away from home for me, and they didn’t have both an undergraduate and graduate program for my degree,” said Carr. 

Carr plans to major in exercise science, pre-physical therapy. 

Carr has been part of Linganore’s softball team since her freshman year and has loved the sport much longer. Between all the work she has put in over the years for both her club, and high school team, Carr feels that she is prepared to head into this new chapter. 

“Club definitely better prepared me for college because I’ve been able to compete against other teams at a high level; whereas, not every team that we play during high school season is competitive,” Carr said. 

Throughout her softball career, not only has Carr pushed herself, but her dad has been a big supporter of her. 

“My biggest supporter has been my dad because he’s always pushed me to be the best player I can be, and is always there for me when I want to practice,” said Carr.

The recruiting process that Carr went through was really about putting herself out there by reaching out to the coaches at Shenandoah University. 

“I got recruited by sending multiple emails and highlight videos to the softball coach. I also attended their prospect camp,” Carr said. 

Head Coach Courtney Moyer is a stand-out athlete and coach, entering her second season coaching the Hornets.  She led a 7 – 5 season in 2019.

Juggling between academics, sports, and other things that may be going on in your life can be a trying process. Although because of the seven years Carr has been playing softball, she feels that she has a good strategy that will keep her doing well. 

“In my opinion, I’ve always been good at managing my time, so I don’t think both academics and athletics will be too much for me, I’ll just have to work ahead,” said Carr. 

After graduating college Carr plans on becoming a licensed physical therapist, working with the young athletic population to help people return back to their own sports.