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July 2, 2015


Gamecock History

  • Four-year letter-winner 1985-88
  • Two-time first-team NFCA All-American catcher (1987-88)
  • Three-time first-team NFCA All-Region (1986-88)
  • Ranks in the top 10 in Gamecock history in batting average, on-base and slugging percentages
  • Led the team in batting average, hits and slugging percentage three times each


  • Karen Sanchelli “was sold” on South Carolina and chose coming here over Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and a few others after meeting those involved with the team and athletics overall.
  • With a connection to her high school on the athletics staff, Sanchelli thought all the pieces were falling into place to play for the Gamecocks.
  • Her favorite things about playing in the Garnet and Black were her teammates, the best in the world. They always had a lot of fun together.
  • Sanchelli played for two coaches at South Carolina, both great in her mind.

Current Life

  • Sanchelli married Bobby Johns, and they have a daughter.
  • Karen Johns coached collegiately (Florida & Virginia) and internationally for many years, leading the 2011 US Junior National Team to a gold medal.
  • She is the athletic director for the Trussville (Ala.) City Schools and head softball coach at Trussville High.


Interview conducted by Shelby Gonzales