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IUP Hall of Fame for JCHS softball coach

Johnson County is noted for having one of the best softball programs throughout Northeast Tennessee. Now they have a Hall of Famer in the dugout.
Angela Blevins recently received the highest honor paid to a college athlete at Indiana University at Pennsylvania.
Blevins graduated from IUP and was a standout softball player while there.
The four-year starter rewrote the record books which led to her induction.
She played in 181 games, the most in school history. Blevins played right field her first three years and first base as a senior.
She was a first team All-PSAC conference player from 1999-2001 and a second teamer at first base in 2002.
Blevins was selected as a Verizon Academic All-American. Her 133 runs, 623 at-bats and 219 hits are the most ever by an IUP player. She was a Regional All-American for three years.
Blevins graduated from IUP in 2002 with a degree in general science education. She earned her masters in biology education from Western Governor’s University in 2013.
Going to IUP was something that she wanted to do from the get-go. It was fairly close to home plus they had a great softball program.  It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.
“I love the game so I tried to play around 50 to 60 games each year during the summer,” said Blevins.  “I had a few schools recruiting me but when IUP started I knew that would be a good fit. They had a nationally ranked program at the time and I really liked the school and Coach Sue Snyder. It was about an hour and a half from my home. I made a great decision by going there. And for them to honor me is more than I could have ever imagined.”
Blevins hails from Ford City, Pennsylvania which is about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh. She played at a small high school and was one of 98 students in her senior class. She touched on how the game has changed since her playing days.
“The girls are so involved in the game so that makes it easy to coach them,” said Blevins. “They are always ready to practice and they work hard every day. It’s amazing to see the effort they put into it. Our kids put as much time into it as some colleges do. They are always pushing each other to get better.”
Blevins was the assistant girls’ basketball coach for three years upon her hiring at Johnson County. She enjoyed it but stepped away to spend time with her family. Now she’s back around the game that she truly loves. And it’s more special getting to coach with her good friends, Dana Smith and Lisa Mullins.
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