Bart Stephenson, Head Coach
The Athletic Department at Calhoun Community College announced that Bart Stephenson has joined the college as its new softball coach/intramural coordinator.
Stephenson previously coached football, baseball and softball at Speake, Decatur, Hatton, Winston County and New Hope High Schools in the state of Alabama.
A graduate of Mt. Hope High School, Stephenson was a three-sport athlete and a signee in football and baseball. He received numerous awards in football including All State, All Area and was selected to participate in the Alabama High School Football Team All-Star game. While playing baseball, Bart was a .497 hitter with 14 home-runs, as well as participated in the East West Shrine games where he made it through to the final game. After multiple offers, he attended Northwest Community College where he was a .398 hitter his freshman year, batted .397 his sophomore year, received the MVP award for his team and participated in the North Central All-Star game.
In 2008, Bart received a Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education from Athens State University and was also inducted into the Lawrence County Hall of Fame. In 2014, the Decatur Daily named him as the Coach of the Year. Stephenson has developed a passion for the game of softball and feels that his time coaching multiple sports has provided him with the ability to relate with athletes, and he feels he brings a special kind of competitiveness that should not go unnoticed on the playing field.
Bart is married to Karen Gibson Stephenson and they have six children and seven grandchildren.
Wade Harrison, Assistant Coach
Wade Harrison is a native of Lawrence County, Alabama. He is a graduate of Hatton High School and Northwest Junior College of Phil Campbell.
He is retired from International Paper. He has been an assistant coach for Hatton from 2013 -2018. Those six teams won over 220 games including 4 state tournament appearances. A state championship was won in 2017. Wade has volunteered as a softball and baseball coach at Mt.Hope High.
Wade played baseball at Northwest while earning an Associate Science Degree and also played at the University of North Alabama. He is the founder of the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame and served two years as a member of the Lawrence County Board of Education.
He is married to the former Rheta Haggod. They have two children. Son Ryan (Rachel) and granddaughter, Maggie. Daughter Grace (Jake) and granddaughter, Lucy.
He resides in the Flat Rock Community and is a member of the Hatton Church of Christ.
Taylor Wright, Assistant Coach
Taylor Wright began her first season of coaching at Calhoun Community College after completing her collegiate career at East Tennessee State University in 2019. She is primarily working with the pitchers and assisting with other positions.
2019 (Senior season): Prior to her time at Calhoun Community College, Wright received Preseason First Team All-SoCon, and received a spot on the 2019 SoCon All-Tournament Team. She ranked in spots on the team in home runs, RBI’s, batting average, hits, and a career-best 208 putouts at first base. Wright finished her career with a .298 batting average in SoCon play, a .357 on-base percentage, and a .750 slugging percentage.
2018, 2017, 2016: Wright was named Second Team All-SoCon. She led the team in batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.495), on-base percentage (.405), RBIs (28), and walks (14). She was ranked eighth in the SoCon in batting average, and ninth in on-base percentage. Wright led the team in multi-hit and multi-run games, and had a career-high four runs in a game against Chattanooga. In 2017, Wright played in 34 games and totaled 14 hits, one home run, five runs, and eight RBIs. In 2016, Wright made her first career start on March 5 vs. Morehead State.
High School: Wright attended Unicoi County High School in Erwin, TN. She finished her career with a .583 batting average, and hit 35 home runs. Her 17 home runs in one season were tied for third in the state of Tennessee and ranked eighth nationally. She also received All-Conference in her 2013 and 2015 seasons.
Wright graduated from ETSU in 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Communication Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s in Human Services Counseling: Crisis and Trauma Response at Liberty University Online and plans to graduate in May 2021 with her Masters degree.