Clayton joins RU softball staff

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Radford University has added another assistant coach to its softball staff. Cassidy Clayton comes to RU by way of Richard Bland Community where she had served as an assistant coach.

Entering the first year at the helm of the Radford softball program, Hope Creasy announced her first coaching hire Friday as Cassidy Clayton will join the program as an assistant.

“I’m excited for Cassidy to join the Radford softball family. She has a true passion for the game, while bringing a lot of knowledge and energy to the team,” Creasy noted. “Cassidy has coached at other levels which makes her a well-rounded recruiter. I look forward to working with her and taking this program to new heights.”

Clayton comes to Radford after spending last season as an assistant at Richard Bland Community College. During the 2017 season, the Statesmen finished with a 25-21 overall record and a 16-8 mark in conference play. She joined the Statesmen staff after spending a season at Bridgewater College.

“Radford softball has a rich tradition of success, which I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to join coach Creasy’s staff,” Clayton noted. “There are no limitations to what we can accomplish at Radford. As a young coach, this is a dream come true.”

At Bridgewater, Clayton assisted with all aspects of recruiting, practice plans and execution, along with game day operations. She led hitting, outfield and catching instruction, while assisting with infield and pitching instruction. Clayton organized and facilitated team community service projects, team building and bonding activities, as well as team fundraising.

Prior to Bridgewater, Clayton worked at Rip City Sports & Fitness Training in Sterling, Va., during 2014-15, serving as a senior softball instructor. She provided instruction via private lessons, small groups and camps. Clayton planned and executed strategic marketing strategies for seasonal camps throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons, as well.

Clayton also served as an assistant softball coach in 2015 at Freedom High School. She assisted with player development, including hitting and outfield instruction, infield, base running and mental strength skills.

A four-year member of the James Madison softball program, Clayton was a utility player under former Radford head coach Mickey Dean. A Colonial Athletic Association Second Team selection in 2014, Clayton finished with a .262 average in 57 games with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs. As Duke, Clayton was a part of two NCAA Regional teams and one CAA Championship.

Clayton has numerous experiences in working softball camps and clinics at James Madison (2013-16), the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City (2016), Tuckahoe Sports Academy (2016), Acton Boxborough (2014) and Carolina Elite (2005-08).

Clayton earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from James Madison in 2014, where she was a four-year member of the JMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2011-14).

— Courtesy of RU Athletics