August 4, 2011

Bobcat Softball Adds Assistant Coach

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College softball program and head coach Jamie Grodecki are proud to announce the addition of assistant coach Brittany Bennett.

Bennett will primarily serve as the pitching coach and will also work with the catchers and outfield, as well as have a role in recruiting and alumni relations.

Bennett comes to GC following a three-year stint as assistant coach at fellow Division II institution, Lynn University. With the Knights, Bennett's pitching staff allowed the second fewest hits in program history in 2009 and held opponents to their lowest batting average in four seasons. Bennett also helped produce one Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American and two Daktronics All-Region outfielders. At Lynn, she worked under former GC assistant coach Mandy Harris.

Prior to her time at Lynn University, she spent a season at Division I UNC-Wilmington and also served on the staff at Mount Olive College for a season as an assistant. Under the guidance of Bennett, the Trojan pitching staff lowered its earned run average from 5.13 to 1.70, 18th lowest among all NCAA Division II institutions. She also helped the squad post a school-record 39 victories. In addition, sophomore Jenny Jackson was selected the Carolina-Virginia Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year after ranking seventh nationally in ERA (0.87).

Bennett spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University from 2004-06 where she worked with both the hitters and pitchers. The Lady Muleriders produced the Gulf South Conference's Pitcher-of-the-Year in Kayla King in 2006. It was at SAU where she met Grodecki, as the future GC skipper was an assistant coach on the Mulerider staff.

No stranger to the Division II game, Bennett was a two-year letter winner at Southern Arkansas. A member of the Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2004, she holds the school record for fewest errors in a career with six.

Originally from Longview, Texas, Bennett earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration in computer information systems from Southern Arkansas in 2004 and received her Master's of Science degree in kinesiology at SAU in 2006.

The Bobcats had a strong finish to a sub-par season in 2011, winning three of their last four to get into the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) playoffs, then upsetting No. 3-seed Columbus State University in the first round. The 'Cats had three All-PBC honorees, including Daktronics All-Southeast Region designated player Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.).

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