Ginger Chaffinch is in her sixth season as the head coach at Georgia College, bringing a legacy of success. The Bobcats have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons, a stretch unlike any other in school history.
2009 was another amazing year for the school's winningest softball coach. The team went 32-24, taking second in the PBC. Chaffinch's overall record entering 2010 is 176-89. The doubleheader sweep of Lander March 20 made her the winningest coach in school history.
The Bobcats won the 2008 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament and finished the season with a 40-14 overall mark and a 12-6 conference record. Chaffinch also guided the Bobcats to as high as a No. 4 national ranking, tops in school history.
Georgia College had another 30-win season in 2007, taking third in the Peach Belt at 35-21 and earning an NCAA Regional Tournament bid. Chaffinch picked up her 100th career victory in the win over North Georgia April 12, 2007.
The 2006 campaign was a banner year for the Bobcats, bringing in their second NCAA Regional Championship and making the second trip to the College World Series in program history. The 45 victories still stand tops in program history, and the 2006 year also set 12 single-season team records, including batting average (.305), RBI (272) and total bases (674). The season’s effort also produced the first All-American under coach Chaffinch, as Keidra Baitey was named to the NFCA?Third Team.
As the interim head coach in 2005, she led GCSU to a 24-17 overall record and a 12-8 league mark to finish third in the Peach Belt. Bobcats have won six All-America awards in her five seasons, as well as a pair of Academic All-America honors.
Chaffinch served as the assistant coach for the Bobcats in 2004. Prior to her arrival in Milledgeville, she spent two years as an assistant coach at St. Andrew's Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.
Originally from Wingate, N.C., Chaffinch is no stranger to the Peach Belt as she graduated from Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., where she was a four-year starter in the outfield for the Patriots. She earned All-Region honors as a senior and set an FMU single season record with 21 doubles. She graduated from FMU in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
In the summer of 2002, Chaffinch traveled with World Sport International, playing international competition in Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Chaffinch also serves as Georgia College’s Senior Woman Administrator. She and her husband Chris reside in Milledgeville.
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