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Fall 2017 Clinics

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Elite Hitting Camp #1
September 15th (6:00-8:30 pm)
Age: 8th-12th Grade
$70

 

Elite Pitching Camp #1
September 15th (7:00-9:00 pm)
Age: 8th-12th Grade
$60

 

Elite Hitting Camp #2
October 13th (6:00-8:30 pm)
Age: 6th-10th Grade
$70

 

Elite Pitching Camp #2
October 13th (7:00-9:00 pm)
Age: 6th-10th Grade
$60

 

Staff

Coaches & Staff

 

Head Coach : Lu Harris-Champer

 

LuHarrisChamper 

Lu Harris-Champer is entering her 15th season as the head coach of the Georgia softball team. Under her direction, the program has reached unprecedented heights, including 13-straight trips to the NCAA Championships, two Southeastern Conference Championships, one SEC Tournament Championship, seven NCAA Regional Championships, two NCAA Super Regional Championships and back-to-back final four showings at the Women's College World Series in 2009 and 2010.

 

Harris-Champer is 687-236 in her time with the Bulldogs that includes a 246-129 record in the Southeastern Conference. She has also established Georgia as one of the elite programs in the nation. Under her guidance, Georgia has had 22 NFCA All-Americans, 13 Easton All-Americans, 68 All-SEC recognitions, 47 NFCA All-Region selections, 21 SEC All-Tournament honorees, 25 SEC Players of the Week, 25 SEC Pitchers of the Week, 14 SEC Freshmen of the Week, one SEC Player of the Year, two SEC Pitchers of the Year, one SEC Freshman of the Year and has been named the SEC Coach of the Year twice.

Under her leadership, Georgia has been equally impressive off of the field. In her 14 seasons at the helm, Georgia has had three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 12 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, 72 members of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, 24 members of the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 11 players named to the SEC Community Service Team and three players inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy.

In her 14th season with the Bulldogs, Harris-Champer led the team to unprecedented heights when the team won the 2014 SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs beat eventual national champion Florida and national runner-up Alabama in the tournament before handing Kentucky a 5-2 loss to claim the title. It was the first-ever tournament title for the Bulldogs. With the win, Georgia earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time. The SEC Tournament title propelled the team to a No. 4 national seed, allowing it to host both the Regional and Super Regional. Georgia finished the year with a 49-15 that included a 15-9 mark in SEC play.

 

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Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach- Tony Baldwin

Tony Baldwin was hired in June 2014 as an assistant coach for the Georgia softball team.Baldwin is no stranger to the Bulldog program, having spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach from 2011-12. Baldwin returns to Georgia after spending two seasons as the assistant coach at North Carolina.

At UNC, Baldwin primary responsibilities included developing the team's hitters and infielders. Last year, Baldwin coached four .300 hitters and had three players hit double-digit home runs. Under Baldwin's guidance, three Tar Heels were named to the All-ACC team, including one first team selection and two second team selections. In his first season, he helped nine Tar Heels finish the season batting over .300 while six had slugging percentages over .500.

Prior to his first stint at Georgia, Baldwin spent 14 years coaching Division I baseball. Baldwin was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State from 2006-08. Baldwin's first recruiting class at Michigan State matriculated a freshman All-American and multiple draft picks. His second recruiting class was ranked the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and was ranked top-50 in the country by Baseball America. His third recruiting class also produced a freshman All-American and became the class with the most wins in school history.

Before Michigan State, Baldwin was the assistant head baseball coach from 2003-05 after serving as the assistant coach from 1999-2003 at Dartmouth College, where he was the recruiting coordinator, travel manager, eligibility coordinator and worked with fundraising and alumni relations. At Dartmouth he was the hitting and fielders coach, coordinated team defense, and was the third base coach, helping the team to Dartmouth's first Red Rolfe Division Titles in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

He also was the assistant coach at Butler University from 1994-99, and was the head coach of the Decatur Blues, of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, in 1999. At Butler, Baldwin was the hitting coach, infielders' and catchers' coach, and coordinated team defense. He helped lead the team to three MCC titles (1996, 1998 and 1999), which were the first in the history of the program.

A native of Bloomington, Ind., Baldwin graduated from Butler in 1995 with a degree in finance. He was a four-year starter at catcher for Butler. In 1994, he served as a team captain for the Bulldogs and earned All-MCC honors.

In addition to coaching, Baldwin served as the operations director at Camp Weequahic from 2009-2012.

Baldwin and his wife Suzanne have four children, Ella, Abby, Brady and Katie.

 

 



                                    Pitching Coach - Rachele Fico

Rachele Fico

 Fico served as an assistant coach at top-25 program South Alabama during the 2015 season where the Jaguars took the Sun Belt Conference crown and advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Regional. Under Fico’s guidance, the USA pitching staff held a 2.51 ERA that was top 30 in the NCAA while the trio of pitchers was each in the top 150 individually. Outside of ERA, Fico helped freshman Devin Brown rank fourth nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9) and senior Farish Beard finish seventh in the NCAA in hits allowed per seven innings (4.04). Beard and freshman Kalen McGill earned All-SBC honors.

The Oxford, Conn., native was the No. 1 draft pick out of college, playing the last three seasons with the NPF’s Akron Racers. An All-NPF Team selection in 2014, Fico has pitched over 220 innings on her way to 20 wins during her professional career.

While at LSU, Fico was a two-time NFCA First-Team All-American, three-time NFCA All-South Region First-Team member and three-time all-Southeastern Conference honoree.


During her freshman season with the Tigers in 2010, Fico was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in addition to making the all-SEC Freshman and Defensive Team lists. A year later, she led her club to the 2011 NCAA College Station Regional where the Tigers ultimately fell to Syracuse, but not before the right-handed hurler earned a spot on the All-Regional team behind an 18-strikeout performance against the Orange, a feat which tied for second-most in LSU history.
 


Fico also brings Women's College World Series experience after leading the Tigers to Oklahoma City as a junior in 2012 when she earned both wins over No. 9 national seed Missouri at the NCAA Columbia Super Regional. Prior to that, she was unanimously named the NCAA College Station Regional MVP after compiling back-to-back shutouts versus Texas State and No. 8 national seed Texas A&M.
 


Fico completed her collegiate career among LSU's top five in appearances (149), starts (104), complete games (82), innings pitched (774.0), wins (78), saves (8), opposing batting average (0.195), shutouts (32), strikeouts (797) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.21).




    

Volunteer Coach: Nick French

 

French joined the Bulldogs after spending four years as an assistant coach with Holy Cross, one year as an assistant coach at Memphis. During his time with the Tigers, French worked closely with the hitters and played a major role in helping Memphis make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever in 2011. French has coaching in his blood as his father, Marty French, ran the Bay State Blaze Junior Olympic program and Nick began coaching under his father as early as age14. While in college he was the pitching coach for Abington High School for five years. French was named the interim head coach at Simmons (Mass.) College in 2008 before becoming an assistant coach at Piedmont (Pa.) College. He then served as a volunteer assistant coach with national runner-up Arizona where he assisted with the daily operations of the nationally-ranked program and specifically worked with the outfielders. French coached under eight-time national champion Mike Candrea while at Arizona.

French is a 2005 graduate of Emerson College where he earned his degree in print and multimedia journalism. He played for the basketball team for one season and assisted with the softball program.

 

 

 



   

 

 

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