Roger Kincaid enters his third season as the head coach of the Georgia State softball team in 2013. In his first two seasons in charge of the program, Kincaid has led the Panthers to a record of 74-43, including a 28-12 mark in conference play.
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 has earned a spot in the four-team CAA tournament both of the years under Kincaid’s guidance, winning the conference title in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012.
Three 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, while McCall Langford and Callie Alford both were named to the second team. GSU only had two individuals make All-Region teams previous to 2011.
Kincaid has overseen 15 All-CAA team members, including two on the All-CAA first team, eight on the second-team and five 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 19 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.