Lauren Byrd commits to Queens


Lauren Byrd

NC catcher Lauren Byrd will attend Queens University of Charlotte. She announced her commitment Wednesday, October 19 through Instagram. Byrd’s season ended on Sunday, October 23, and she plans to put in work during the off-season. Byrd will come back to NC for her senior year to graduate in 2024 to compete and make the best of her senior season.

Malique Card, Reporter

Junior catcher Lauren Byrd will continue her softball career as of her commitment to Queens University of Charlotte via social media Wednesday, October 19. Byrd’s ability as a utility player showed college scouts her skills and diversity. The NC softball team (20-12) continues to improve its program, with other colleges and universities interested in several other players on the team. 

“I chose Queens because the campus felt like home. The coaching staff is amazing, and the city of Charlotte is so vibrant and alive. I could see myself there from the beginning, and I felt the decision was easy. I’m also excited to move. I’ve never really been away from my family but only being four hours away I feel like I gain the college independence everyone wants while still having my loved ones a phone call away,” Byrd said.

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte focuses on tailoring dynamic experiences for students inside and outside of the classroom The private university ranks #23 in top valued schools, students achieve memorable experiences at the university according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

“Part of my decision to go to Queens was the strong academics. Charlotte is a big and growing city and with Queens being right in the middle, just the location alone offers unlimited opportunities to grow as a student. The professors are truly invested and excited about what they teach and the school offers study abroad programs on top of each student being required to complete an internship. I feel it just sets people up for the most success after college in terms of career readiness and actual skills,” Byrd said.

Queen’s softball coach Stacey Schramm’s eighth season will start when Byrd enters college in the fall of 2024. Schramm accomplished 15 of her 20  years of coaching at Queens University. Schramm’s main goal includes making sure her players maintain their academics. The program also earned the top grade point average (GPA) in the conference and ranked in the top 10 nationally. Byrd plans to train during NC’s off-season by playing travel softball. Byrd’s goals for winter and summer include evaluating herself and reflecting on what she does poorly.

Byrd finishes her junior season this year and plans to graduate in the spring of 2024. She feels excited for her last season where she can take on the role of a leader as a senior. Byrd plans to move to Queens University to attend school and begin the next chapter of her life.

“North Cobb softball has blessed me with some of my best friends. We love each other hard on and off the field and it’s leveled up our game. The growth and perseverance of the team and the coaches my past three years has truly been amazing and I’m excited to continue the momentum going into year four,” Byrd said.