"I'm excited about Lorraine joining the women's golf staff," said Mant. "She's full of energy and enthusiasm. You can easily see her passion for coaching. She is just incredibly thrilled every time I speak with her. Lorraine is going to be a wonderful addition to our program."
Ballerano joins the Georgia State Athletics Staff as a former member of the Duramed Futures Tour from 2007-2009 and a four-year letterwinner in women's golf for North Carolina State University. From 2002-2006 playing for the Wolfpack, Ballerano registered four top 10 finishes, including a tie for third at the 2006 Papa John's Intercollegiate that helped lead the team to a first place finish. Ballerano also competed in three NCAA Regional Championships. Academically, Ballerano was a N.C. State Caterpillar Scholar-Athlete recipient, a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was named to the Dean's List and Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll.
While playing with the university, Ballerano also enjoyed success as an amateur. Her accomplishments included a top 16 finish at the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur at Ansley Settindown Creek, two quarter-final appearances at the Southern Amateur and a semi-finalist effort at the 2005 Carolina Women's Amateur.
During her time spent playing on the Futures Tour, Ballerano was a member of the tour's Player Promo team, coordinating various junior and corporate clinics, television appearances and other events on behalf of the tour. She also garnered work experience volunteering with the Myrtle Beach area First Tee and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
"Lorraine possesses the characteristics and qualities it takes to get the job done," said Mant. "She is completely thorough and wants to get ahead. With her expertise and personality, I can see her doing well with the recruiting aspect, in addition to the training and coaching. I'm really looking forward to getting to work with her."
Ballerano graduated from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in business finance. Although born in West Islip, N.Y., Ballerano claims Myrtle Beach, S.C. as her hometown since moving to the popular golfing town at the age of four.
Ballerano replaces former assistant Jackie Szymoniak who left Georgia State at the close of the 2010-11 season after two years with the team to accept a job as assistant women's golf coach at the University of Illinois.