Sylacauga’s Neeley-Scott Wilkinson commits to Southern Union; reflects on senior year and being coached by her father

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Although spring sports have been canceled for thousands of athletes across the United States, that’s not stopping Sylacuaga’s Neeley-Scott Wilkinson from inking a commitment to Southern Union for the next chapter in her softball career.

“It feels good to just be able to keep playing softball,” said Neeley-Scott. The three-year captain said “it hurt really bad” not being able to finish out her senior year as an Aggie. “We still text [in a group chat] and when all this is over, we are going to get together.”

During her high school career, Wilkinson held a .479 batting average, with five home runs, 99 RBIs, 36 stolen bases, and 96 runs.

But for Neeley-Scott, it’s not just about playing the game she has been playing since she was six years old. It’s about a relationship with her dad, Chad Wilkinson, coach of the Lady Aggies.

“We have a totally different relationship on the field. On the field, I’m not his kid. I’m just another player. Off the field, that’s my dad,” she said noting she never received “special treatment” around her teammates.

“She has put a lot of work, time, and energy into playing softball and looking forward to carrying right over to the next level and showcasing her talents at Southern Union,” said Chad.

Neeley-Scott first started playing school ball in the seventh grade for the junior high team. In the eighth grade, she played varsity. She played first base and was also a utility player allowing her to be “plugged in” where she was needed most.

“[As a utility player] I can give all the younger girls help and advice on what they need to do,” said Neeley-Scott.

The Aggie senior credits several coaches that have helped her throughout the years including her uncle Bill Hodges, Stoney Wesson, Blane White, Jay Brooks, and most of all her dad, Chad.

“It’s an exciting time. As a parent and coach, I’m proud of her,” said Chad. He coached his daughter for four years.

Neeley-Scott’s bothers, Mackenzie, Bennett, and Qua, along with her mom, Donalyn, is extremely proud of her. “As her parent, I couldn’t be more proud of her. As her coach, I knew this day was going to come sometime. I am heartbroken that she’s leaving my team…that father-daughter relationship [is special]. It’s going to be tough to see someone else coach her.”

In an exclusive statement to the Aggie Sports Network, Neeley-Scott shared her thoughts on her senior year and her dad.

“My senior year: 2020. I was so excited to start my last season. This will be the last year playing the game I love so deeply. And to top it off, my daddy, Chad Wilkinson, my head coach. He has been there for me from the beginning and now he would be there with me as I ended my school career. My daddy has truly been my biggest supporter, my biggest fan, and has really shown me the love of the game.”

Looking forward, Neeley-Scott has one thing on her mind: “playing ball” at Southern Union.

Neeley-Scott Wilkinson
Photo credit: Jeremy Martin