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Jan. 15, 2015


Gamecock History

  • Four-year letter-winner 1990-93
  • Three-time All-American
  • Three-time all-region performer
  • Tied for 12th in NCAA Division I history with 351 career hits
  • 24th in NCAA Division I history with a .432 batting average
  • Her 123 hits in 1992 stand second in NCAA Division I history for a season
  • Stole 114 bases in 121 career tries, tying for 15th in career stolen base percentage (.942) in NCAA Division I history
  • Gamecock career leader in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and stolen bases
  • 2006 USC Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame inductee


  • From Reidville, Ga., Tiff Tootle came to SC after playing slow-pitch softball growing up.
  • Head coach Joyce Compton recruited her because of her speed and defense, though Tootle thought it was because of her accent.
  • She thought the people were genuine and “my mama said they would take good care of me.” She was right.
  • Beating rivals, winning tournaments and pulling together as a team after talk of being disbanded as a program were some of Tootle’s best memories.
  • She enjoyed spending time with her teammates on and off the field as well.

Current Life

  • Tootle coached for a number of years, including nine at Division II power Columbus (Ga.) State.
  • After spending a year as the volunteer assistant at SC, Tootle moved on to become the maintenance/inspection supervisor at Edisto Reality on the barrier island.
  • She says she hopes anyone who knows her would say she’s very unselfish and hardworking, an independent woman who follows her heart.
  • She enjoys life and her family, which includes five nieces and nephews, three in nearby Mt. Pleasant.

Interview conducted by Kamryn Watts