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Tom Carty enters his ninth season as the Bobcats' skipper, already owning one of the top seasons in the illustrious history of Georgia College baseball.
The 2010 Bobcat squad came a few runs away from the National Championship game, winning both the Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Southeast Tournament Championship along the way. Carty guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, but advanced them to the World Series round for the first time since 1995. The Bobcats finished 42-17, winning the school's third PBC title since 2006.
The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats finished second in the PBC West thanks to a 15-9 league mark. In 2012, GC was 29-21 with a 19-10 conference mark, battling for the conference title up to the final regular-season weekend. Georgia College put three on the All-PBC Teams.
For the 2013 campaign, a first in program history, pulling down a PBC Tournament title. GC baseball finished 36-19, falling in the 2013 NCAA Southeast Regional Title game. Another trip to the NCAA Regionals came in 2014. The Bobcats went 35-17 with a 19-10 conference mark, and led the nation in runs per game at 9.4. The Bobcats made it five regional trips in Carty's eight seasons by taking the PBC Tournament Championship again in 2015.
In his six seasons, Carty has put together a 280-153 mark. He picked up his 200th career win in the 8-7 victory over then-No. 3 Lander University April 7, 2013.
While he has been with the program as a head coach and assistant, the Bobcats own an amazing 377-181 mark, the first three Peach Belt Championships in school history, the first two PBC Tournament Championships and a region title among seven trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Along with his 28 selections to the All-PBC Teams in his tenure as head coach, 22 student-athletes have earned All-Region status and eight All-Americans have graced the field for the Bobcats.
Carty returned the historic Bobcat program to excellence in 2009 with its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four seasons, compiling a 37-19 overall record and a 16-11 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) ledger, good for third.
The youthful Bobcats went 33-24 with Carty at the helm in 2008, kicking it into high gear for the final few weeks to claw into the fifth spot in the Peach Belt playoffs.
Carty previously served primarily as pitching coach, helping produce a pair of All-America honors from Michael Antonini. He joined fellow pitcher Andy Reichard as Major League Baseball draftees in 2007, Reichard in the 13th round to the San Francisco Giants, and Antonini to the New York Mets in round 18. Alex Burkard was the latest Bobcat hurler to get drafted, getting chosen in 2010 by the Los Angeles Angels. Chrisitan Castorri advanced to Double-A ball before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, and lefty Josh Taylor signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014 makes a total of six pitchers that have worked with Carty at Georgia College having spent time in major league farm systems.
Catcher Richard Pirkle was the most recent draftee for GC, picked by the Colorado Rockies in the 35th round. He finished the season with the Tri-City Dust Devils Single-A squad.
As recruiting coordinator, Carty helped bring in solid classes in each of his two years, including multiple players who were drafted before committing to Georgia College.
The Bobcat pitching staff was at an all-time high in 2006, compiling a school-best 2.82 ERA with 437 strikeouts, the third-best total by GCSU hurlers. Add to that a 3.53 ERA, 408 strikeouts and four shutouts in 2007, and one can see the strong impact Carty has had on the Bobcat arms.
In the summer of 2006, he served as head coach of the USA Athletes International Team that won a gold medal in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands.
Prior to Georgia College, Carty spent four seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Division I Marshall University, then a member of the Mid-American Conference. While there he helped the Thundering Herd pitching staff break many school single season records.
Carty also spent one year at North Carolina State University where he was the director of baseball operations and served the summer of 2001 as the pitching coach for the Delaware Valley Gulls of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Carty spent two years as an assistant coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania in 1999 and 2000 and also held coaching assignments at Delaware Valley College and Montgomery County Community College prior to that.
Originally from Norristown, Pa., Carty graduated with a degree in History from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania in 1996. He and wife Terri have three children, Tommy, Claire and Timmy. The Cartys live in Milledgeville.