Reagan Rand of Harbor Creek remains on track to play Division I varsity softball.
The future Huskies senior also expects Angie Churchill to be her coach when that happens.
Now, however, those plans are for Seton Hall University, instead of Hartford University.
Rand announced via Twitter that she had made a verbal commitment to attend school in South Orange, New Jersey, and compete for the Pirates in her favorite sport.
The Harbor Creek catcher, who is also a former District 10 Class 2A diving champion, will officially sign with the Big East conference program in November.
This was good news during an otherwise trying year for Rand, who had initially pledged to compete for the Churchill and Hartford softball program.
However, those expectations took a turn for the worse last spring when Connecticut school officials voted to start moving from Division I to Division III in all sports as early as next year. There are no scholarships at the Division III level.
Hartford’s decision resulted in the resignation of four of his coaches, including Churchill. Seton Hall quickly hired the former University of Michigan star to replace Paige Smith, who stepped down after nine seasons.
Churchill has recruited some of the players she expected to appear with her on Hartford’s roster. One of them was Rand, who Churchill watched play for the Pennsylvania team at a recent tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Churchill offered Rand a Seton Hall scholarship on the spot. The returnee from Harbor Creek accepted the offer and withdrew his verbal commitment to Hartford.
“I’m really grateful – again – to have this opportunity after hearing the news (of Churchill’s resignation),” Rand said. “It was good to have experience being recruited this second time and without COVID-19 as a factor. “
Rand also mentioned the surgery which further complicated matters.
She chose to have a torn ligament on her right wrist repaired amid the pandemic. The operation took place in February, which destroyed any chance of her competing for a third straight District Diving title.
The worst thing for Rand, however, was that she was sidelined for the bulk of the 2021 Harbor Creek softball season.
Rand was happy to announce, not only to Churchill but to Harbor Creek softball fans, that the operation was worth it. She played long innings behind the plate this summer for Team Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh-based travel team, and resumed a workout routine that includes weightlifting.
“It never hurts again and I’m really grateful for it,” said Rand. “I recorded (the wrist) a lot of this summer, but I didn’t record it last weekend and it was totally normal.”