GCSU Adds Linke as Softball Assistant Coach

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University softball program and head coach Ginger Chaffinch have announced the hire of Katie Linke as assistant coach.

Linke comes to Milledgeville from an assistant spot at Concordia University, an NAIA program in Seward, Neb. She served the Bulldogs as assistant coach for two seasons. In 2008, the team finished 31-11, good enough for at trip to the the NAIA Region III Tournament.

"Katie has a lot of great experience both playing at Nebraska and coaching at Concordia," said Chaffinch. "We are excited to have her."

Linke was a three-year letterwinner at the University of Nebraska, taking Second Team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2005.

In 2008, the Lady Bobcats tallied the third-most wins in school history at 40-14, the most for a non-World Series participant. They won their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship in a 4-3 nine-inning thriller and reached as high as No. 2 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Rankings. GCSU also pulled home a pair of All-America honors, as pitcher Mandy Chandler (Covington, Ga.) was chosen to the Daktronics team, while outfielder Sherquita Bostick (Florence, S.C.) added to her PBC Player of the Year honor with an NFCA All-America nod. Chandler also earned Academic All-America honors.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. 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. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.