Michelle LaCourse joined the Chattanooga Mocs softball staff in 2013 after a stellar playing career. She works primarily with the pitching staff, while also assisting with hitting and fielding.
LaCourse assisted Chattanooga to its 13th Southern Conference Championship title and its 14th SoCon regular season title in 2015. Working with the pitchers, she led the staff to a 35-14 record including three SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors and the February SoCon Pitcher of the Month Selection. The pitching staff, made up of Taylor Deason, Cori Jennings and Kailey Palazzolo, combined for a SoCon-best 2.90 ERA.
In 2014, LaCourse helped the Mocs to their 12th SoCon title. She guided Katie Henderson to 33 consecutive scoreless innings against Western Carolina, Appalachian State, Furman, Samford, and UNCG (May 3 - May 10, 2014). Henderson’s 19-12 record and 181 strikeouts earned her the 2014 Southern Conference Most Outstanding Player.
Michelle spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach with Chattanooga in her first year on the bench. As the pitching coach, LaCourse’s staff totaled 27 wins and three shutouts.
As a student-athlete, Michelle ranks first in the Chattanooga record books for most runs batted in (217) and total bases (453) along with numerous top five all-time rankings. LaCourse also holds the record for slugging percentage (.846), on base percentage (.543) and most runs batted in (75) in a single season.
LaCourse made an impact from day one as a Moc. She was the SoCon Freshman of the Year in 2008 and Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 posting first team all-league honors in all four years of competition. In 2012, LaCourse was the first softball player to become the Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year. That same year, she was named a College Sports Madness All-American and honored as a second team all-region selction. Chattanooga won SoCon Regular Season Championships all four years (includes her redshirt season due to injury in 2010) advancing to three NCAA Regionals along the way with three league tournament titles.
She led the 2011 team to the brink of the super regionals for the first time in the program’s history, earning NFCA All-South Second Team mention. In 2011, LaCourse bounced back from ACL surgery in a big way with a team-best 18 wins in the circle including seven shutouts. She drove in a school and league-record 75 runs as well as becoming the clear player of the year choice for the conference.
The career .368 hitter set the Mocs RBI record with 178 and was just shy of the conference mark of 184. LaCourse set the single season Southern Conference record for RBI (74) in 2012. She was the first player in the SoCon to earn First Team (1B) and Second Team (P) honors in the same season (2009). She has multiple conference mentions from all-tournament (2008-09, 2011-12), player of the month (Feb. and May 2010, Feb. 2012) and player of the week (seven times) during her illustrious career.
Michelle is married to Zack LaCourse. The couple resides in Chattanooga.
Clare joined the program in September 2015 as assistant coach. She mainly works with outfielders and catchers, as well as hitting.
Hosack came to Chattanooga from Baylor, where she served as a student-coach for one season and played as a four-year letter winner.
During Hosack's year of coaching under Glen Moore, the Bears posted a 41-17 record and made an appearance in the College World Series.
Clare was a catcher and played in the College World Series twice, during her freshman (2011) and senior seasons (2014). Both years the Bears made a run to the semifinals.
As soon as she stepped foot on Baylor's campus, Hosack made an impact. Her freshman season included 48 games played with 45 starts. She also tied for second on the squad with six home runs. In her sophomore year, she led the team with 20 RBI and six multi-RBI games. During Hosack's junior year, she was the Bears primary catcher and boasted a .366 on-base percentage. She posted 47 hits, including 11 homers, and a .533 slugging percentage her senior season.
Hosack earned her degree in Health Sciences from Baylor in 2014.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Scottie Kilgore comes to Chattanooga with an impressive resume of 15 years of coaching softball at the collegiate, club and high school levels.
Kilgore has volunteered his time and knowledge over the years to coach several travel ball programs as well as conducting independent clinics for athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level.
Kilgore most recently served as a coach Northwest Whitfield High for seven years, attending five state tournaments. He assisted the Lady Bruins in two regional championships and two state championship titles.
Prior to coaching at Northwest Whitefield, Kilgore also assisted Donald Picket, the current head coach of Northwest Louisiana State, with the Chattanooga Eagles from 2000-06. During his time with the Eagles, Kilgore helped lead the team to the ASA National Championships every year.
Kilgore is also currently the head coach of the Forice Elite Champions organization in Dalton, Ga.
He resides in Cohutta, Ga. with is wife Sonya and daughter Marley.