Coach Annie Smith’s tenure in Statesboro has taken the Eagle Softball Program to new heights with two SoCon Regular Season Championships and two SoCon Tournament Championships as well as overseeing the transition to the Sun Belt Conference. During her tenure, Smith has advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice (2012 and 2013) as the Eagles have quickly made a name for themselves within the regional and national landscape.
In 2016, the Eagles were one of just two teams in the conference to defeat every Sun Belt opponent at least once, matching nationally ranked and league champion UL Lafayette in the honor. GS went 30-27 overall with a 13-11 conference record that saw the Eagles climb as high as third in the league standings. The Eagles claimed four of their conference series, including a three-game sweep over long-time rival App State at home. The 30 wins recorded by the 2016 Eagles marked the 11th time in program history that an Eagle squad has met or surpassed the 30-win total, and fourth in Smith’s tenure. Smith is the only Eagle softball coach to have at least four 30-win seasons during her tenure.
Smith’s 2016 squad ended the year with a .408 slugging percentage and a .352 on-base percentage, both of which ranked tied for second in program history. The 2016 Eagles’ .278 team batting average was the third-best average by any Eagle team and their 44 home runs was tied for third-most in program history. Smith’s Eagles also finished the year fourth in program history with 242 runs scored and tied for fourth-best in with 214 team RBI and four saves.
Kaitlyn Medlam joins the Georgia Southern softball staff for the 2016 season as an assistant coach and also serve as the Eagles’ pitching coach. She comes to Statesboro after playing professionally in the Netherlands.
Medlam spent the last year in Oosterhout, Netherlands, playing and coaching for the Oosterhout Twins Softball Club. She competed as a starting pitcher and also coordinated pitching clinics and camps for the Twins. She also served as the pitching coach for the junior teams in the club.
Prior heading overseas the play professionally, Medlam spent the 2015 softball season as the assistant coach and pitching coach for Young Harris College. While with the Mountain Lions, she helped guide the team to a 31-18 record, including an impressive 21-3 mark at home and wins over perennial powerhouses Armstrong State and No. 7 North Georgia. Medlam was in charge of creating and implementing pitching workouts for the YHC pitching staff and assisted with all aspects of the program, including overseeing weight lifting and conditioning workouts as well as coordinating travel. She also coordinated several pitching clinics and camps during her time at Young Harris.
Megan Hill joins the Georgia Southern softball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2016 season. She spent the past two years as a member of the coaching staff at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia.
While in Carrollton, Hill worked with the Wolves’ outfielders and also had a hand in hitting instruction as well as base running instruction. She helped with planning and implementing practices and also helped with field preparation and maintenance. She also worked as a graduate assistant for strength & conditioning.
Prior to her time at West Georgia, Hill was an assistant coach at Oak Grove High School as well as Petal High School, both in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At both stops she helped oversee the offense as well as developed the outfielders. At Oak Grove, she was instrumental in guiding the team to the 2013 district championship as well as the AAAAAA South State Championship and the overall AAAAAA state crown. In 2011 at Petal HS, she helped guide the team to the district championship as well as the AAAAAA South State Championship. Petal finished the 2011 campaign as the state runner-up.
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