MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University athletic department and director Wendell Staton are proud to announce the hiring of Jamie Madewell-Grodecki as the fourth fastpitch softball coach in school history. She comes to Milledgeville after three seasons as head coach at St. Petersburg College to replace Ginger Chaffinch, who was recently elevated to an Assistant Athletic Director position for Bobcat athletics.
"We are excited that Jamie will be leading our softball program," said Staton. "She brings proven success athletically and academically as she won nearly seventy percent of her games at her prior institution, while her student-athletes received both athletic and academic recognition. She brings so many talents to our department and represents the complete package as a coach; great work ethic, an outstanding tactician and recruiter, and she will challenge our student-athletes to strive for excellence. She is a great representative of our University and we look forward to her continuing the success of our softball program."
Madewell-Grodecki completed her third season as head softball coach at St. Petersburg College in 2010. Over the last three seasons, she has placed second in the Suncoast Conference and earned bids to the FCCAA State Tournament three years in a row. She compiled a 102-51-1 (.666) record in her three years overseeing the program. While at SPC she has had a number of athletes attain academic and athletic recognition, including a team GPA of 3.2 or higher each year and numerous All-Conference Academic team selections. On the field in three years she had over 20 1st & 2nd team All-Conference Selections and 2 All-State Members, and 14 athletes have been awarded scholarships to move on to play at the next level after graduating from St. Petersburg College
"I am honored to have this opportunity to take over a team associated with a tradition of excellence on and off the field," Madewell-Grodecki said. "I know that the college and the community will be excited with what this program will bring to the field and the classroom every day. I believe winning takes care of itself it your willing to put in the time and effort to develop yourself as an athlete, student, and individual."
Prior to her arrival at St. Petersburg, she coached for six years at the Division I and II levels. At Southern Arkansas University she was the head coach for two seasons, leading her team to the conference tournament in both seasons with an overall 53-58 record. She also spent two years as an assistant coach at Delta State University working with infield, hitting instruction, and the strength and conditioning program, helping guide Delta State to the 2005 Gulf South Conference (GSC) West Division championship and tournament finals.
Before her time on the Delta State staff, Madewell-Grodecki was an assistant at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2001-03, working with the outfield and in-state recruiting. Madewell-Grodecki received her B.B.A. from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and her M.Ed. in Physical Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Madewell-Grodecki was a two-sport athlete at Alabama-Huntsville, competing in softball from 1995-2000 and volleyball from 1995-99. She was a member of three GSC champion softball teams (1996, 1999 and 2000) with four regional appearances and a College World Series appearance in 1999.
A native of Huntsville, Ala. she is married to Andrew Grodecki.
With more newcomers than returners during the 2010 season, the Bobcat softball struggled through a tough schedule, the first losing campaign for Georgia College softball since 2001. Georgia College did land a pair on the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams, as sophomore first baseman Haley Burnett (Columbus, Ga.) and junior outfielder Belourse Jean-Francis (Naples, Fla.) took the league's top honors.
The Georgia College softball team is one of the most accomplished in the southeast, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last five seasons. The squad has advanced to the College World Series twice, and also earned the 2008 PBC Tournament Championship.
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