MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College & State University Athletic Director Wendell Staton is proud to announce the elevation of Senior Women’s Administrator and Head Softball Coach Ginger Chaffinch to full-time Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare.
A six-year veteran as head coach of the softball program at Georgia College, Chaffinch will leave that post to focus on her new expanded role in athletic administration. A national search will begin immediately for Chaffinch’s replacement at softball coach.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity,” said Chaffinch. “Georgia College is an amazing institution and has been a wonderful place to work over the years. I look forward to being able to focus all of my energy helping the student-athletes.”
In her new role, she will serve as NCAA Compliance officer, provide academic support aid for Bobcat student-athletes, and develop the CHAMPS/Life Skills program on campus. She will continue advising the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as well as serving as the Senor Woman Administrator in the department. Chaffinch will also oversee the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine department.
“Ginger has been an extremely successful coach and will have even greater success as an administrator,” said Staton. “She is incredibly organized and brings a skill set that will benefit our student-athletes and coaches and enhance the quality of our department. We are losing a fantastic softball coach, but we are very fortunate that she has responded to our request to move into administration on a full time basis. Our department will benefit for years to come as this is a great move for Bobcat Athletics.”
Chaffinch was the most successful softball coach in program history, taking the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament in four of her six seasons at the helm. The winningest coach in school history, she amassed a 189-121 (.610) mark, leading the Bobcats to the Division II World Series in 2006 and adding the school’s first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship in 2008. She has led the program to as high as a No. 2 national ranking, has guided Bobcat student-athletes to six All-America honors and a pair of Academic All-America awards.
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 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.
She and her husband Chris live in Milledgeville.
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