As a four-year starter, Chelsea Seggern has been one of the most consistent players at the University of Tennessee. Twenty-three games into the 2020 season Seggern had a .403 average, led the team in doubles, triples, and home runs. Then COVID-19 did something very few opponents have been able to do, it stopped Seggern, along with the entire athletic world, cold.
It appeared Chelsea’s playing days were finished, not by the final out, but by a virus, but the NCAA had other plans. On March 30, the Division I Council voted to allow spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.
“The NCAA has allowed everyone to take an extra year of eligibility if desired and I am going to take it,” Seggern said. “I know that I would regret not playing if I didn’t take the opportunity. Also, I would never want my career to end the way that it did.”
Seggern graduated in December with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She will return to Knoxville this fall to prepare for medical school.
She also has the goal of playing in the Women’s College World Series.
“My main goal this year was to enjoy every moment and just be present every day,” she said. “I knew if I did that consistently, then my success and dream of going to the World Series would be the by-product.”
Inevitably, Seggern’s playing days will come to an end. She will take with her a multitude of memories and lifetime friendships.
“I will definitely miss the relationships that I have built with some amazingly strong women,” Seggern said. “They have helped shape me into the person I am today, and we have all been there for some of the toughest times together. I know that this journey would not have been the same without them.”
After the 2021 season, Seggern’s plans to return to Texas to attend medical school. “Texas will always be home, and I sure have missed it,” she said.
Seggern offered this advice for aspiring collegiate athletes. “Make sure that you have a great work ethic and don’t expect anything to be given to you,” she said. “You will no longer be the best player anymore, so you have to be willing to work harder than your opponent and be willing to sacrifice some of your time if you truly want to be successful. This has been one of the best experiences of my life even though I have faced much adversity along the way.”