Jaclin Poole will begin her fourth season as Lees-McRae's Head Softball Coach in the spring of 2019.
The Bobcats have seen consistent improvement under the direction of Poole during her time in Banner Elk. The team's win total has increased every season during Poole's tenure (10 - 1st season, 15 - 2nd season, 17 - third season). Lees-McRae has made two straight appearances in the Conference Carolinas softball tournament, has seen three players named to All-Conference Carolinas teams, had two players receive All-Tournament honors at the conference tournament under Poole's direction.
Poole was named the new Head Coach for LMC Softball on Aug. 27, 2015.
“It’s bittersweet as Coach (Merritt) Yackey helped build our program and was a trusted friend to all in the athletic department and campus community, however, with Jaclin, we have a seamless transition,” praised McPhail. “She was a stellar student-athlete in our region, has played professionally in Europe and has spent time with our young women over the course of the last year.”
Poole spent the 2015 season as the assistant coach for the Bobcats while participating as a player/coach with the Vienna Wanderers.
With the Wanderers, she held coaching responsibilities, such as running practices, working closely with the offense and defense, scheduling games and working various clinics and camps.
“Jaclin understands the relationship building, character development and importance of graduating young women for successful careers after their time on the diamond is over,” said McPhail. “She has the drive and desire to build upon Merritt’s good work and we are thrilled to have her on board.”
Poole’s success runs deep after she successfully recruited and trained 18 volunteer scorekeepers for the York County Disabilities Foundation 3v3 Basketball Tournament. She helped raise over $140K in seven years.
In 2012, Poole was a promotions assistant with the Charleston River Dogs and was responsible for planning and scheduling game events and was a key component in fundraising and sales.
She is a graduated of Coker College and has a Bachelor of Science in sports management.
With the Cobras, she was tabbed “Freshman Athlete of the Year”. Poole was a two-time all-tournament team representative for Conference Carolinas and received the 2012 Coaches Leadership Award.
Poole was a four-year scholarship softball player at Coker while exceling in the classroom. She was named to the Presidential Honor Roll and a NFCA All-America Scholar.
“I am ecstatic to be joining Bobcat Nation as the new head softball coach. I have huge shoes to fill behind Coach Yackey, but I know he has left me in a good place to come in and be successful,” said Poole. “I love the Lees-McRae environment and I would not want to begin my career at any other establishment. I am grateful to Dr. (Barry) Buxton and Craig McPhail for giving me this chance.”
Frank Rosato just wrapped up his second season as an Assistant Softball Coach/Athletics Operations Manager in the 2018-19 academic year.
Rosato was hired in May 2017 as the department's new Athletics Operations Manager and Assistant Softball Coach. In his role, Rosato will work with transportation, field maintenance and game day operations, while also coaching the outfielders for the softball team.
“I am excited to have Frank working in our department, his knowledge of sports and ability to manage tasks will set us up well for the future,” said LMC Vice President Director of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail. “Having him work with our softball team is something we are looking forward to as the program continues to grow.”
Rosato comes to Banner Elk with degrees Health and Physical Education, Education and Management from Lock Haven University, Becker College and Webster University, respectively. In addition to his degrees, Rosato has had a wealth of supervisory experiences under his belt including stints as the Executive Director/Headmaster at The Park House Academy from 2005-2010, Managing Director of Residential and Educational Service for the Grandfather Home for Children from 2010 to 2015 before spending this past year as the Director of Program Operations for Central Florida Group Homes in Winter Park, Fla.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity working within the athletic department and assisting the softball program,” Rosato said. “I have been a fan of Lees McRae College since my family and I moved to Banner Elk in 2010. It is great now to be a member of the Bobcat family. I want to give a special thank you to Craig McPhail for making this possible.”