Georgia State Panthers softball

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Georgia State Panthers
2014 Georgia State Panthers softball season
Georgia State Panthers athletic logo

University Georgia State University
Conference Sun Belt
Location Atlanta, GA
Head Coach Roger Kincaid (2nd year)
Home Stadium Robert E. Heck Softball Complex
(Capacity: 500)
Nickname Panthers
Colors Blue and White

             

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1994, 2011
Conference Champions
1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2011

The Georgia State Panthers softball team represents Georgia State University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team currently competes in the Sun Belt Conference. It competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) prior to joining the CAA. The Panthers play their home games at Georgia State's Panthersville sports complex in the Bob Heck Softball Complex, and are currently coached by head coach Roger Kincaid.

History[edit]

Prior to 1985, Georgia State Panthers played slow-pitch softball in the New South Women's Athletic Conference (NSWAC). The softball team first began playing fast-pitch softball in 1985, still in NSWAC, before moving to the Atlantic Sun Conference, which was called the Trans American Athletic Conference (TAAC) at the time. In 2005 the Panthers began competing in the CAA.

The team has claimed six tournament titles, including two in the NSWAC (1989, 1990) and three in the TAAC (1992, 1993, and 1994). The Panthers also claimed the 2011 tournament title in the CAA. They were tournament runners up during the 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1998 seasons.[1]

The program began playing fast-pitch softball in the 1985 season when then head-coach Bob Heck transitioned the team into the TAAC. Initially, the team started out with bare facilities using a rough recreation field lacking locker rooms, scoreboards, or any other basic amenities. Coach Heck is recognized as moving and improving the facilities to its current location in Panthersville, Georgia. He also acted as groundskeeper for the site. Heck retired during the 2011 season and was replaced by current head-coach Roger Kincaid.

When Georgia State began playing fast-pitch softball in 1985, it was the first team in the State of Georgia to do so at the Division I level.[2]

On July 1, 2013, Georgia State joined the Sun Belt Conference for all sports.

Stadium[edit]

The Panthers play in the 500-seat Robert E. Heck Softball Complex. The complex was named in April 2003 after former head coach Bob Heck. The first game was played at the field in 1985.[3]

Head coaches[edit]

The Panthers have had three head coaches:

Coach Seasons Wins Losses Ties Win %
3 Roger Kincaid 2011- 69 38 0 .645
2 Phyllis Guedry 1999-2001 100 80 0 .555
1 Bob Heck 1985-1998;2002-2011 700 584 2 .549

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Softball seasons[edit]

Year Wins Losses Ties Games Championships
1 1985 15 24 0 39
2 1986 26 26 0 52
3 1987 26 22 0 48
4 1988 42 20 0 62
5 1989 31 23 0 54 NSWAC Champions
6 1990 42 23 0 65 NSWAC Champions
7 1991 35 32 0 67
8 1992 35 27 1 63 TAAC Champions
9 1993 39 16 0 55 TAAC Champions
10 1994 40 27 1 68 TAAC Champions, NCAA Regional
11 1995 30 19 0 49
12 1996 20 24 0 44
13 1997 22 30 0 52
14 1998 28 23 0 51
15 1999 34 26 0 60
16 2000 33 29 0 62
17 2001 32 23 0 55
18 2002 38 27 0 65
19 2003 22 33 0 55
20 2004 18 33 0 51
21 2005 19 35 0 54
22 2006 29 28 0 57 CAA Regular Season Champs
23 2007 34 30 0 64
24 2008 37 18 0 55
25 2009 30 20 0 50
26 2010 37 19 0 56
27 2011 36 25 0 61 CAA Tournament Champs, NCAA Regional
28 2012 38 18 0 56
29 2013 36 19 0 55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlantic Sun Record Book". Atlantic Sun Conference. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bob Heck Biography". Georgia State University Athletics. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Robert E. Heck Softball Complex". Georgia State University Athletics. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "GSU Softball Quick Facts". Georgia State University Athletics. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Long-time Softball Coach Bob Heck Steps Down". Georgia State University Athletics. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "2014 GSU Softball Media Guide".