Head Women’s Softball Coach
Ashley Forsyth is no stranger to the Trinity community. She is a Jacksonville area native who attended Trinity Christian Academy from nursery through high school. She and her parents are members of Trinity Baptist Church. While at TCA, she played softball and made two state final four appearances and earned All-City honors.
Forsyth received a scholarship to play softball for FSCJ, where she was the starting third baseman for two years. She was a second-team All-American in her freshman year at FSCJ and a first-team All-American in her sophomore year.
Forsyth then accepted a scholarship to Jacksonville University but was sidelined after one semester with rotator cuff/labrum surgery. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from JU while completing an internship at Brooks Rehab and Wellness Center.
Coach Forsyth went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Florida. While there, she published a research abstract in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in November of 2012 titled “The Effects of Fat-Free vs. Fat-Containing Chocolate Milk Ingestion on Muscular Strength in Female Collegiate Softball Players.” She was also a graduate assistant in sports in management at USF.
For the last two years, Coach Forsyth has served as a science teacher at Trinity Christian Academy, where she also coached the middle school softball team. Under her leadership, the middle school Conquerors won the IMSC Championship in 2016 and finished as runner-up in 2017. Coach Forsyth was also TCA’s assistant varsity softball coach in 2016 when the team reached the state semifinal.
Prior to Trinity, Coach Forsyth worked at Florida First Coast Softball, Inc. as an Operations Assistant from 2012-2015. She ran the city’s Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues at Drew Park and Ringhaver. She was also a recreation specialist for the City of Jacksonville at Cecil Field Recreation Center in 2012.
Ashley has this to say about her father, Mr. Bobby Forsyth: “My father is my mentor, whom I admire the most and seek advice from when it comes to sports. He coached baseball at the academy, has his number retired, and I could not be more proud of him. I would be out on the diamond with him in diapers wanting to play.
“Dad coached with class and character, but above all, he coached with pride in his players. My father taught me how to respect the game that he loves so much. Time after time I would hear him tell his players it takes no talent to hustle. I use those words with my players of today and tell them that no matter what, at the end of the day, leave it all on the field and play with heart.“