GREENWOOD, S.C. - The last six seasons of Georgia College & State University softball have featured Heather Jones (2003-06) in the dugout in one form or another, four seasons as a player and then the last two as graduate assistant coach. The 2009 season will put Jones in the visiting dugout, as she was recently named the assistant coach at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Lander University.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Heather to the Lander softball family," said Bearcat head coach Brandon Duncan. "She brings a tremendous amount of experience to our program. She knows how to win in both the Peach Belt Conference and at the national level and we expect her experiences as a Bobcat to be a huge benefit to us as a Bearcat."
Jones still dots the Georgia College recordbooks in numerous places, with her 24 career home runs tied for first and 131 RBI also owning the top spot. Her 101 walks and 984 putouts also place first in school history.
Jones was also one of a handful of players to appear on both of the school's College World Series teams in 2003 and 2006, taking national runner-up honors in 2003. She graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in health education, earning her master's in health education in 2008.
At GCSU, Jones spent time at catcher, first base and as the designated player. She was an National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region second-team selection in 2003, and a two-time All-Peach Belt honoree.
Jones was named to the South Atlantic Regional all-tournament team in the two seasons the Lady Bobcats made it to that level (2003 and 2006), and added an All-PBC tournament selection in 2006.
Over the last two seasons, she helped coach the Lady Bobcats to a 75-35 record, two NCAA Tournament appearances and the school's first PBC Tournament title.
At Lander, her primary responsibilities will be working with hitters, catchers and first basemen. She will also be a huge asset in recruiting and the running of camps and clinics.
"I would like to thank Georgia College coaches Ginger Chaffinch and Mandy Harris for their assistance in getting us in contact with Heather," said Duncan.
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. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.