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Roger Kincaid
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Georgia
Graduating Year: 1987
Experience: 7 Years
Phone: 404-413-4085
Email: rkincaid@gsu.edu
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Roger Kincaid has spent four seasons as the head coach of the Georgia State softball team. While leading the program, Kincaid has guided the Panthers to a record of 140-88 (.614), including a 53-29 mark (.646) in conference play. Kincaid has posted 30 or more wins in each of his first four seasons, including three with 35 or more wins.

Last season Georgia State finished with a 30-26 record, including a 12-9 mark in the Sun Belt. The Panthers finished third in the conference standings, overachieving after being picked to finish fifth by the Sun Belt coaches in GSU’s first season in the new conference. The 2014 team posted a final RPI of 64, third highest in the Sun Belt which was the fourth most difficult conference in the country.

Lauren Coleman picked up first-team All-Sun Belt honors while Callie Alford, Ashley Christy and Kaitlyn Medlam were all named to the second team. Georgia State also had three players receive a total of six Sun Belt Player-of-the-Week awards which was tied for the most in the conference. GSU wrapped up a successful first season in the Sun Belt by having Taylor Anderson and Coleman being named to the NFCA South All-Region third team.

The Panthers established a new single-season team record with 59 home runs in the best offensive season in Kincaid’s tenure. GSU posted the second-highest team slugging percentage, third most runs scored and third highest team batting average in program history in addition to also finishing fourth in hits and walks, tied for sixth in triples and eighth in at-bats.

Georgia State also picked up two road wins over top-20 ranked teams for the first time program history. The Panthers defeated No. 19 South Alabama 2-1 in Mobile, Ala. on April 19 before knocking off No. 13 Georgia 4-2 in Athens, Ga. just three days later.

GSU finished 36-19 in 2013 and had three all-region picks for the first time in school history. The high-octane Panthers also had six players earn some form of All-CAA recognition. GSU defeated No. 23 Georgia in 2013 for a third win in the past two years over a ranked team. GSU also had wins over league rival Hofstra, SEC foe Auburn and two against local rival Kennesaw State. GSU also registered a perfect game, the first by one pitcher, with a six-inning rout of Georgia Southern.

During the 2012 season, GSU softball posted the second-highest winning percentage in the program’s 28 years of competition. The .679 mark (38-18) fell only behind the winning percentage of .709 (39-16) achieved in 1993 when the Panthers won the TAAC championship.

The Panthers won their sixth conference championship and only CAA crown during the 2011 season to earn the program’s second bid in the NCAA tournament. For his efforts, Kincaid was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2011.

Georgia State earned a spot in the four-team CAA tournament in the first two years under Kincaid’s guidance, winning the conference title in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012. In 2013, GSU would have qualified but sat out all CAA tournaments during the transition season to the Sun Belt.

Eight student-athletes have been named to the NFCA all-region team since 2011. In 2008, Catherine Lee became the first Panther to earn first-team honors, followed by Paige Nowacki in 2012 and Kaitlyn Medlam in 2013. McCall Langford, Callie Alford (twice) and Jessica Clifton were named to the second team. Last season Lauren Coleman and Taylor Anderson were both third-team selections. GSU only had two individuals make all-region teams prior to 2011.

Kincaid has overseen 26 all-conference team selections, including four on the first team, 14 on the second-team and eight on the all-freshmen team. Seven Panthers have earned all-tournament honors and 25 have been awarded weekly conference honors under Kincaid.

Kincaid took over the program on an interim basis in February 2011 after long-time head coach Bob Heck stepped down after 24 years of coaching Panther softball. Kincaid was officially promoted to permanent head coach of the program in July 2011. A member of the GSU staff since 2008, Kincaid served two-plus seasons as the team’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before his promotion.

A native of Decatur, Ga., Kincaid played football at Georgia, where he was a member of the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship team, learning from coaches such as Vince Dooley, Erk Russell and Bill Lewis. He earned his degree in business management from Georgia in 1987.

Before coming to Georgia State, Kincaid spent 12 years coaching high school and travel softball teams in the Atlanta area. He was one of the founders of the Georgia Xtreme Softball Organization, which now consists of six teams, including the Xtreme Mavericks, which Kincaid previously managed. His last stop before GSU was at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga., where he worked under Brian DeBerry as varsity softball community coach.

Kincaid currently resides in McDonough, Ga., with his wife Becky. Daughter Karly Kincaid graduated from Georgia in the spring of 2010 and from P.A. school at Nova Southeastern in Jacksonville, Fla. with honors in 2012. She lives in Brookhaven and is working as a dermatologist P.A. Daughter Morgan Chase, a 2010 graduate of Union Grove High School, is a junior at North Georgia campus in Athens. Daughter Brittany Chase married James Logan in Oct. 2013. The couple lives in Sugar Hill and works in cosmetology.

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