Lamar State College-Port Arthur head softball coach Vance Edwards added a third recruit to his 2010-11 team this past Friday, when multi-sport standout Valerie Brown from Bridge City High School signed a scholarship letter to play for the Seahawks next fall.
“I’m Really Pumped” said Brown after signing her letter. It was her first official act as an adult on her 18th birthday. 

“Valerie will be an asset to our program,” Edwards said. “She has the desire and work ethic needed to be successful at the college level. We expect her to step in right away and become a team leader.”

Lamar State competes in Region XIV, one of the most competitive Division I junior college conferences in the nation.

In addition to being an All-District 21-3A first team softball selection in 2008, Brown was the 3A state champion 198-pound powerlifter this past year. She was the regional champion in 2008 and 2009.

Brown started her softball career at Bridge City Little League where she started with coach pitch and played her way to the majors. She was on the all star team three years in a row. She then moved to the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) with Bridge City Orangefield Girls Softball Association for three years and the Orange Crush Organization where she played for seven. She still has this season to complete her four year high school career. 

One of the reasons Brown is excited to stay close to home near family and friends is so they can still watch her play, but  “I’m not a very good cook,” is another reason she expressed with a little laugh during an interview.

Valerie is also a varsity cheerleader, mentor, Student Council vice president and a member of Ready, Set, Teach and other student organizations. Her goal is to become a teacher.

The daughter of Darlene and Robert Brown, Valerie has one sister, Gabrielle.

Valerie thanks her dad for all the time he spent coaching her and all the other coaches she had through the years, especially those in the Orange Crush Organization. She also appreciates all the support given to her by family and friends.

The Seahawks kick off their 2010 season Thursday, Feb. 4, with a home doubleheader against Temple College, the 2009 regular season champion of the North Texas Junior College Athletic Association.