Dedrick Joins Bobcat Cross Country as GA Coach

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University cross country program and head coach Joe Samprone have announced the hire of Patricia Dedrick as graduate assistant coach.

Dedrick will assist with advising runners in practice and at competitions, along with her role as a certified athletic trainer and graduate assistant in the athletic training office.

"Trisha will be a great addition to the cross country staff," said Samprone. "She was a valuable member of our team for four years and she knows what it takes to be successful. The team knows her and respects her. I look forward to a great season and Trisha will play an important part in our success."

Dedrick spent four seasons in a Bobcat cross country uniform and was a solid top-five runner all four seasons. She also was a starter for the squad that took third at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships in 2007. She was also a four-time member of the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.

2007 was a dynamic season for the Bobcat cross country teams , one where the women's squad found their best conference finish in school history at third place. Head coach Samprone was named PBC Men's Coach of the Year, and four Bobcats picked up All-PBC honors in Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.)Bonnie Ueltzen (Blairsville, Ga.)Rich Dobson (2004-07) and Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.). The 10K record was broken for the men, while the 6K time was snapped for the women.

Visit www.GCSU.edu/Athletics to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.