Presbyterian College Athletics and softball head coach David Williams announced on Wednesday the addition of Shelby Petik and Karly Thompson as assistant coaches. Petik returns to PC, where she graduated in 2015, after spending the past two years as an assistant at Coker (2017) and Furman (2018). She was a volunteer assistant coach for the Blue Hose in 2016. Thompson was an assistant for Coach Williams at Morehead State last season, following her four-year playing career.
“We are very fortunate to add two quality coaches to our staff in Karly and Shelby,” said Williams. “Both will play valuable roles in developing players and building our program.”
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Petik helped lead Furman to a 41-15 record last season, and assisted NCAA Division II Coker to a 41-17 mark in 2017. She concluded her playing career at PC as one of the most prolific hitters, after breaking career records in home runs and RBI. She spent all four years top five on the team in batting average, slugging and on base percentage, runs scored, hits, and RBI.
“Shelby is someone I had the pleasure of being introduced to a few years ago. In that time, I have followed the beginnings of her coaching career,” Williams said. “The hiring of Shelby is a homecoming, allowing one of the greatest players in PC history to give back to her Alma Mater. Her contributions will be immeasurable.”
The multiple Big South Player-of-the-Week and All-Conference honoree eclipsed 100 hits (179), 100 RBI (122) and 100 runs (100) to become the first Blue Hose to reach the milestone in all three categories. She is also tops at PC in career doubles (39), home runs (24), total bases (294), and walks (85). Petik left as the PC leader in most games played (207) and started in every game she played in all four years.
A member of the Provost and Deans Lists, as well as the Psi Chi Honor Society, Petik graduated PC in May, 2015, with a degree in Psychology.
A native of Blue Ridge, Georgia, Thompson assisted Williams at Morehead State to 28 wins last season, their most since 2009.
“Karly has been a part of my programs for the past five seasons, spending four as a player and one as an assistant. Her understanding of the game and inner workings of the program, make her an ideal candidate as an assistant coach,” said Williams. “Her work ethic and competitive nature are infectious and will translate to the team.”
Her junior season she ranked fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference in home runs (9), tied for fifth in doubles (12), tied for ninth in runs batted in (31), eighth in total bases (82), and fourth in slugging percentage (.573). In 2017, she led the team in doubles with 11. Thompson belted 18 home runs and drove in 80 runs in her career for the Eagles.