Andrea Mangrum - New CAA Softball Advisor
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Andrea Mangrum comes to College Athlete Advantage with more than 30 years experience in the game of softball. She was a 2-time All-State player in Tennessee and went on to pursue her dream of playing college softball for the Hall of Fame duo Ralph and Karen Weekly. She also played one summer of semi-pro softball in Europe and lead the Austrian League in batting average that season.
Her college coaching career started in Jackson, Mississippi at Belhaven University. After three seasons there, two as the head coach, she went on to pursue her dream of being a D1 head coach. She coached 5 seasons at East Tennessee State University.
In 2010 she opened a softball exclusive training facility in the Middle Tennessee area and trained hundreds of athletes over the next 4 years. Many of those girls she helped chase their dream of playing college softball. Including Haley Bearden who just finished her playing career at the University of Tennessee.
In the fall of 2014 she started her own business where she helps people all over the country in the fields of fitness, nutrition, leadership, mindset, teamwork and personal growth. She is extremely excited to bring that wealth of knowledge to helping girls pursue their dreams of playing college softball.
Growing up in an area where no one played D1 softball out of her high school, Andrea was determined to pursue her dream. She and her parents tried to get on the right travel team, get in front of the right coaches and find a school that would offer her an opportunity. Her heart was set on East Carolina University as a junior and she put all her eggs in one basket. The summer before her senior year that coach left and the new coach didn’t want her. Finally, with one month before her freshman year in college she attended a camp where Ralph Weekly, the hitting coach for Team USA at that time, offered her a walk on spot at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
She earned a partial scholarship after her freshman year but soon realized after her sophomore year that playing time would be extremely limited. She was too competitive to embrace that role and decided to transfer to another D1 program. She would be an everyday starter but she would also be a victim of physical, verbal and emotional abuse that entire year. The circumstances she faced that season almost destroyed her love for the game but because of her resilient attitude she didn’t give up. She pursued a final opportunity half way across the county at a small private NAIA school. She finished her career on a positive note and it lead her to become a college coach.
In the process, her major had to change 5 times for eligibility purposes. She racked up $25k in student loan debt and it took her 5.5 years to graduate from college. This is an unfortunate scenario that plays out for many athletes which is why Andrea is so passionate to help families save money and time but most importantly help young girls find the right fit for their softball future.