Laura Heberling and husband Ed Heberling are leaving the USC Beaufort Athletic department.
Laura was USCB's softball coach and Ed was the women's softball coach. Laura Heberling will be leaving the Lowcountry to join the softball staff at Utah State, where she will oversee pitchers and catchers.
Laura Heberling took the reins of the USC Beaufort softball team in 2014 and has led the Sand Sharks to a 177-92 record. She has taken the team to the conference tournament each of the past five seasons, winning the tournament in 2015 and finishing as a runner-up in the 2016 and 2018 seasons.
“It is with bittersweet feelings that I accepted Laura's resignation. I'm excited for her transition to Utah State and the opportunity to work at the Division 1 level, but disappointed for USCB and our softball program," USCB Director of Athletics Quin Monahan said. “Coach Heberling has been a valuable part of the Sand Shark family over the last seven years as assistant coach and most recently as head coach. We'll miss her positive attitude and terrific contributions, but wish her the greatest of success at Utah State.”
During her tenure, Heberling coached 27 all-Sun Conference performers, 2 NAIA All-Americans, 14 Sun Conference All-Academic performers, 8 CoSIDA Academic All-District players and 1 CoSIDA Academic All-American.
In a personal message from Heberling to the Sand Shark family, the former coach wrote, "Ed and I are very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of starting programs here at USCB and for all the people who made that happen. From former head coach and Athletic Director Ty Rietkovich for giving me the opportunity to join USCB as an assistant coach, to former Chancellor Jane Upshaw and current Director of Athletics Quin Monahan for believing in me five years ago to become the head coach of Sand Shark Softball, I will always be grateful. I'd also like to thank our athletics staff who have been an amazing work family. I know our successes at USCB would not have been possible without the people most directly involved-the players, assistant coaches, alumnae, and their families. I would like to thank each and every one of those people for their hard work and dedication to the program and for all the amazing memories we made. I wish USCB Softball and athletics nothing but the best in the future. Forever a Sand Shark. Fins Up!”
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Ed Heberling took the Sand Sharks to the Sun Conference quarterfinals four times and the semifinals once over the last seven seasons. Along the way he has coached 16 Sun Conference all-academic performers, 6 NAIA Daktronics scholar athletes, 1 CoSIDA Academic All-District player, and 10 all-Sun Conference performers.
"This university and the Lowcountry will hold a special place with our family, as we both gained valuable experience, made great friends, and our son Hollis was born here," Ed Heberling said. "I would like to thank Ty Reitkovich entrusting me to build a new program and Quin Monahan for allowing me to develop it over the last seven seasons. Our success came from the commitment of my assistant coaches-Hilary George, Mike Manning and Jay Harris, as well as the former and current players and their families, who trusted me in this process and devoted their careers to building the Sand Shark soccer program."