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Nov. 12, 2014


Gamecock History

  • Four-year letter-winner 1988-91
  • Two-time all-region performer
  • Played on the 1989 Women’s College World Series team
  • Threw second-most innings for a Gamecock in history (890)
  • Has school record in shutouts (52) and fewest walks per 7 innings (0.81)


  • Lear loved the SC community, school spirit, tailgating and football games during her time.
  • She chose South Carolina because she “really connected with Coach (Joyce) Compton.”
  • Lear knew Compton from her Missouri days, as Lear grew up in the other Columbia.
  • She also liked how SC was so much different than Missouri.
  • Her favorite softball moment was beating Florida State in the 1989 regionals to advance into the WCWS.
  • That 1989 WCWS was the last in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Current Life

  • After graduating, Lear got married, taught school for a year, had her first child and raised her children, one in college, the other a high school senior.
  • Living in Charlotte, she is certified in counseling, working on staff at Transformation Church.
  • She serves as the executive director of the church, which is one of the top-10 fastest-growing congregations in the US.
  • Son is an offensive lineman who was recruited by SC among others.
  • He sat in front of Gamecock head coach Beverly Smith at a football game during his visit.

Interview conducted by Julie Sarratt