Aug. 25, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State softball head coach Dr.
JoAnne Graf has announced that Heather Compton, a pitcher with the Tampa
Bay Firestix of the Women’s Professional Softball League, has joined the
Florida State softball staff as an assistant coach.
A standout collegiate pitcher, Compton is a 1994 graduate of
UCLA where she earned a degree in political science while lettering four
years for the Bruins’ softball team. She led UCLA to World Series
appearances in each of her four seasons and was a member of the Bruins’
1990 and 1992 national championship teams. Compton garnered first team
All-American honors in 1991 and was also named to the All-College World
Series team. She ranks among UCLA’s career leaders in five categories,
including wins (67), appearances (84), strikeouts (540), innings pitched
(538.2) and ERA (0.52).
Compton also has international playing experience. She was a
member of the USA National Team that earned a gold medal at the 1994 Pan
American Games in Guatemala and then went on to play for league champion
Poneke Kilbernic Softball Club in New Zealand from 1994 through 1996.
She spent the summer of 1996 with the Brioski Junior Softball Team and
posted the best record in the Italian Pro Softball League. Compton
played with the ASA’s Southern California Jazz last summer before
joining the WPSL this summer as a pitcher for the Firestix.
“Heather has played at the highest echelons of softball and
will bring that experience to our pitching staff,” Graf said. “We are
very excited to have someone of her caliber join our staff.”
Compton, who also taught three years of social studies and
special education at Righetti High School in California, will serve as
the Seminoles’ pitching coach and also teach two physical education
classes at FSU.