August 7, 2009

Bobcat All-American Hired as Assistant Softball/Soccer Coach at GMC

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Two-time All-American Mandy Chandler (2006-09) recently accepted the position as assistant coach for both softball and women's soccer at Georgia Military College, a two-year program in Milledgeville. Chandler's head coach will be a former Bobcat as well, Diana Baruffa (2003-06).

Chandler is recognized as the top pitcher in school history, owning the school marks in every pitching category, as well as the PBC records in career wins and strikeouts and single-season and game marks in strikeouts.

She was a first team All-American for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in 2009, a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American and earned four all-conference and All-Southeast Region nods in her seasons at GCSU.

"Mandy will be a great asset to our coaching staff," said Baruffa. "She will definitely take over the pitching aspect of the game where her knowledge and experience will help our players take their games to the next level. Even though she has been working with our pitchers for only a short time, I can already see improvements in their confidence and control. I've always known Mandy to be a hard worker and a winner. We welcome her on board and look forward to the success she will bring our rising program."

The two played just one season together at Georgia College, but it was one of the most successful in program history. The pair made the school's second trip to the College World Series in 2006, taking sixth in the nation's finals. Both were named All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) that year.

Baruffa was on both of the GCSU College World Series participants first in 2003 as a freshman and again in 2006 as a senior. Over her four seasons, the Lady Bobcats were 144-57 with two NCAA South Atlantic Region Championships.

She was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) First Team All-South Atlantic Region honoree at shortstop, and was named to the All-PBC team in 2006 and 2004 as well as the PBC All-Tournament Team in 2003.

Her 211 career hits ranks first all-time at GCSU, with both her 119 runs and 110 RBI placing third.

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