Petik attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina

Eastern Florida State College has announced that it has hired Shelby Petik as a new softball coach for the Titans. (Image EFSC)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College has announced that it has hired Shelby Petik as a new softball coach for the Titans.

For Petik, it feels like she has come full circle because the Titans were the first school to offer her a scholarship when she left high school. The Fort Lauderdale native chose to attend Presbyterian College, an NCAA Division I school in South Carolina, where she played softball for four years with the Blue Hose.

“Former coach (Ed) Yanes really recruited me out of high school and at the time the team was playing on the Palm Bay campus, so that has always been part of my softball journey and the loop. is therefore complete, ”said Petik. “The world of softball can be a crazy little world and it recruited me hard, I just took a different path.”

This path brought her back to Melbourne as the new head coach of the softball program.

“I’m really excited about this,” Petik said. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach and I’m really thankful and grateful to (associate vice president of athletics) Jeff Carr for giving me this opportunity.”

Petik was at Coker College as a graduate assistant, then an assistant coach at Division I Furman University before returning to Presbyterian College as an assistant for the past three seasons.

“I’ve learned a lot from the coaches I’ve worked with in the past and I’m taking things from everyone to set up my own philosophy. I feel ready and excited about this opportunity, ”said Petik.

Petik is resuming a softball program that went 18-24 last season and missed the state tournament and is looking to return to the state tournament next year with natural athletes who can swing the bat.

“We’re going to hit the ball and score points,” said Petik. “We will of course have table dressers, take some extra basics and just play basic and clean softball. But we’ll be known for the way we swing bats.

The Titans will begin the regular season in January.