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FC alum Horgan gears up for new challenge in Charleston

Dana Horgan was a star at Fayette County High School (right) before heading to play at Chattanooga State for two seasons. Horgan will move to the College of Charleston for her junior campaign.

horganDana Horgan is ready for a new challenge. After two seasons dominating junior college pitching, Horgan is heading for the coast to join the softball program at the College of Charleston.
After graduating from Fayette County High School in 2013, Horgan checked out Chattanooga State on the recommendation of a travel ball coach. A successful tryout followed and she earned a spot in the Tiger program. It was a smart move on their part as Horgan showed she could more than handle next level pitching over her two seasons there. The shortstop helped push her team to a third place finish in the NJCAA tournament both years. During her freshman campaign, Horgan raked to the tune of a .373 batting average with three home runs, 18 RBI, 51 runs, and eight stolen bases in 47 games. She followed that up as a sophomore, hitting .326 with 10 home runs, 48 RBI, 58 runs, and 10 stolen bases in 61 games. She kept the momentum going in the postseason, finishing with NJCAA All-Tournament Team honors.
Her performance was enough to catch the eye of Division One programs. The College of Charleston Cougars are lucky to be her next stop.
“Their softball program is a good fit, and I just fell in love with Charleston,” says Horgan, who is eager for her new challenge. “I’m super excited. I’m ready to play some really good competition.”
She’ll bring a good energy to the Cougars, keeping things light before games.
“I don’t like to be stressed out, so I always try to dance around or goof off in the locker room to keep it easy,” says Horgan.
The rising junior has her eyes set on a career in physical therapy right now, but she wouldn’t turn down a chance to get into coaching. In fact, she’s aiming to help coach a travel ball team this summer. She’s eager to share her love of the game with younger softball players.
CofC“I would tell them to work hard,” says Horgan. “Softball doesn’t last forever, so just take every moment in.”
On the brink of the next step of her own journey, Dana Horgan is sure to enjoy every swing for the College of Charleston while making opposing pitchers miserable all year.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.