Now in her ninth year as assistant coach at Florida Southern is former Moccasin outfielder Michelle Lovell (Tatlock). The 2019 season will be her 11th overall as a college coach, which includes two years at another NCAA Division II program, Hillsdale College in Michigan.
A 2008 graduate of Florida Southern, Lovell originally joined the Moccasins as a second baseman out of Osceola High School in Seminole, Florida. She won a starting job as a freshman in the spring of 2005 while playing for a team that had returned almost every player from a national runner-up finish the previous season. Lovell ended up starting every game that year as the Moccasins again won the Sunshine State Conference and advanced to the NCAA South Region Tournament semifinals. She hit .273 overall during her freshman season (including .301 over the final three months of the season), with three home runs, and her 30 RBI ranked second in the SSC among freshmen.
As a sophomore in 2006, Lovell moved to the outfield full-time and again started every game for a team that finished third at the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Lovell was a major part of that by picking up where she left off late in her freshman year, hitting .311 with two home runs, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Her RBI total was good for third in the SSC among outfielders and ranked eighth overall. She was also second in the SSC that year with seven triples.
After hitting .298 as a junior when the Moccasins again won the South Region title and advanced to the national tournament, Lovell finished her playing days at Florida Southern with a career-best .331 average as a senior in 2008. She also led the team and was third in the conference with 18 stolen bases (getting caught only once), and was second on the team with 49 hits and 30 runs scored. She hit .338 in the Mocs’ 20 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, the best average on the team.
Lovell’s 4-year numbers at Florida Southern include a .304 batting average, 190 hits, 133 runs scored, seven home runs and 109 RBI in 214 career games. When she graduated, she was tied for fourth in team history with 18 triples and was 40-for-45 on stolen base attempts. Though she spent the majority of her career in the outfield, she also saw time as a pitcher for the Moccasins in 2007.
While Lovell had an impressive playing career at Florida Southern, her accomplishments in the postseason were even more noteworthy. Her .323 lifetime batting average in the NCAA playoffs ranks fifth in team history and her 13 RBI ranks third. As a sophomore in 2006, she was named to the All-South Region Tournament Team after going five-for-13 with a team-high seven RBI; she then drove in the winning run with a 2-out single in the 11th inning to beat Emporia State 1-0 in the second round of the national tournament. The following year in 2007, she was Florida Southern’s leading hitter in the NCAA playoffs with a .381 batting average, and went four-for-10 with a home run and two RBI in the national tournament.
After graduating in the spring of 2008 with a degree in finance, Lovell continued her playing career that summer in National Pro Fastpitch with the Philadelphia Force. She then joined the coaching staff at Hillsdale College under head coach Jamie Meyers, a position she held until the summer of 2010 when she returned to Florida Southern.
Updated for the 2019 season