June 20, 2011

Saints Softball Named Best Coaching Staff in Southeast

DAHLONEGA, GA – For the third straight year, the North Georgia softball coaching staff has been named the National Fastpich Coaches Association Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year announced late last week.

The award for head coach Mike Davenport and assistant coach Laura Voyles is the third straight regional award for the Saints' staff in as many years.

North Georgia ended year with a 53-12 mark and captured the most wins in school history. The Saints are three time defending Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions, and reigning and three-time champions of the Southeast Region. 

The regional award comes two months after Davenport earned his third straight Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor. He joined Scott Whitlock of Kennesaw State University as the only coach in PBC history to win the award in the three consecutive years.

After advancing to the Division II College World Series for a third consecutive year, was North Georgia ranked No. 4 in the final NFCA Top 25 poll of the year.

The Saints have now been ranked in the nation's top five for an unprecedented 30 consecutive weeks dating back to March 11, 2009, when the Saints rounded out the top five. Since that ranking, North Georgia has spent 819 consecutive days among the top five teams in the land, including spending 10 of those weeks as the No. 1 team in the country.

In 2011, Davenport and Voyles coached seven Peach Belt All-Conference performers, seven All-Region performers, and one All-American that landed Jessica Coan Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year honors.