According to the senior, the liberating decision was a relatively easy one, as she had been familiar with the program from a young age.
“I’d been taking hitting from their old coach since I was 8 years old, and that’s where I wanted to go to school. When she left I was very confused, I didn’t know where to go. Coach Golden still offered me to come on a visit and as soon as I met her I was totally convinced that’s where I wanted to go,” Sloan said of her decision to play for the Lady Tigers.
Chattanooga State head coach Blythe Golden was hired in mid-October, and decided early on that Sloan was a player she would like to see on the team.
“I watched her hit and take some defense, and we decided to go ahead and make an offer because we felt like she is going to fit in with our group,” Golden said. “I’m thinking Sydney will be able to bring a lot of offense to our team. Obviously offense is key at our level, you have to be able to hit to compete. I think she is going to bring some good depth to our infield.”
Sloan, who can play at first and third base, mirrors her future coach’s playing expectations.
“I’m a good hitter. I hope I bring some power and I’ll be able to be big in some key situations next year,” Sloan said of her expectations.
The Lady Wildcat is now one of the nine 2013 Chattanooga State signees.
“Overall with our 2013 signs we have a lot of talent all over the field, we have speed, we have power, we have pitching, so I think we have a good combination. I’m expecting them to jump in … and get a lot of time.” Golden stated.
Polk County head softball coach Bill Triplett expects big things from his power hitter.
“I think she’ll step in and play right away once she learns to adjust to the college pitching. I think she’s got a chance to play on a regular basis,” Triplett explained. “As far as playing for me, she’s done everything that I ever asked her to do. I’d look for her to play probably a corner position at Chattanooga State, maybe even catch some. She hits for power; I think she led the area last year in home runs with 12 or 15.”
Sloan will have more time to continue honing her skills in preparation for college level softball, and Triplett intends to keep her focused on the future.
“It’s easy to sign your name, it’s more difficult to stick to it. That’s what we’re going to impress on her in the next four or five months until she gets down there.”