Roger Kincaid will head into his fourth season as the head coach of the Georgia State softball team in the spring of 2014. In his first three seasons leadingf the program, Kincaid has guided the Panthers to a record of 105-57 (.648), including a 41-20 mark (.683) in CAA league play.
Kincaid has posted three consecutive seasons with 35 or more wins.The 36-19 mark (.655) was the sixth-best winning season in school history. The team RPI finished No. 49 of the 291 Division I NCAA teams,
The 2013 season saw GSU defeat No. 23 and 40-win Georgia for a third win in the past two years over a ranked team. GSU also had win over league rival Hofstra, No. 19 RPI and a 46-win team. GSU also beat Auburn of the SEC and claimed two wins over local rival Kennesaw, No. 56 in RPI. GSU also registered a perfect game, the first by just a single pitcher, with a six-inning rout of Georgia Southern.
The 2013 team had three All-Region picks for the first time in school history and had six players earn some form of All-CAA recognition.
The high-octane Panthers of 2013 scored 282 runs, third most in school history, and bombed the second-highest home run total in school history. The team also had a 10-game winning streak.
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. GSU knocked off perennial power Hofstra twice in the conference tournament to clinch the title and earn the program’s second bid in the NCAA tournament.
For his efforts, Kincaid was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2011. The victories over Hofstra marked the first time the Pride had been beaten in a CAA Championship game and snapped the longest home winning streak in the country at 30 games.
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.
Six student-athletes have been named to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region team since 2011. Paige Nowacki became the second Panther to earn first-team honors and then Kaitlyn Medlam became the third. McCall Langford, Callie Alford (twice) and Jessica Clifton were named to the second team. GSU only had two individuals make All-Region teams previous to 2011.
Kincaid has overseen 21 All-CAA team members, including three on the All-CAA first team, 11 on the second-team and seveb on the All-Rookie team. Pitcher Kaitlyn Medlam was awarded the 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year.
Seven Panthers have earned CAA All-Tournament honors and 22 have been awarded weekly conference honors under Kincaid. Pitcher Alana Thomas was named the 2011 tournament Most Outstanding Performer, only the second time a Panther has earned such a distinction.
Kincaid took over the program on an interim basis in Feb. 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 where his responsibilities included coaching third base and working with the infielders. He also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator while handling the equipment and assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program.
The native of Decatur, Ga., 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.
After graduating, Kincaid began coaching football with the DeKalb Yellow Jackets youth football organization. His duties included being a defensive coordinator and head coach. Kincaid also coached at Parkview High School as the 8th grade offensive coordinator.
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 the University of Georgia in the spring of 2010 and from P.A. school at Nova Southeastern in Jacksonville, Fla. with honors in 2012. Daughter Morgan Chase, a 2010 graduate of Union Grove High School, is a junior at the University of North Georgia campus in Athens. Daughter Brittany Chase lives in Duluth and works in cosmetology.