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Todd Downes
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Head Coach
Alma Mater: Kennesaw State
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 6 Years
Phone: 404.413.4086
Email: ddownes@gsu.edu

Todd Downes has been a member of the Georgia State softball staff since the fall of 2011 and he is currently serving as the assistant head coach. Previously Downes was an assistant coach before being promoted ahead of the 2015 season.

As the primary hitting coach, Downes has led GSU to its most productive seasons at the plate. Four players hit over .300 in 2016 and in 2015, Georgia State shattered its home run record with 102 as a team. That season, Ivie Drake broke the GSU single-season home run record with 22 and Megan Litumbe hit 21.

In 2014 Georgia State established a then single-season team record with 59 home runs. The assistant head coach also helped the Panthers post the second-highest team slugging percentage, third-most runs scored and third-highest batting average.

During the 2015 offseason, Downes coached with the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Before Georgia State, Downes spent four years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech where he coordinated recruiting and assisted with all aspects of the program. During his coaching tenure, the Yellow Jackets captured two ACC conference championships, made four NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history. He coached six all-conference selections and two All-Americans.

Prior to entering the college ranks, Downes worked as a high school head coach, serving at Walton High School and Kell High School. Both schools won state titles under his guidance and Downes was named the state coach of the year.

For nine years, Downes has also coached the East Cobb Bullets 18-under premier league team. The Bullets captured the ASA 18 Gold National Championship in 2010.

A Roswell, Ga. native, Downes graduated from Kennesaw State in 1988 with a bachelor’s in Health and Education and then earned a master’s in Sports Administration from Georgia in 1990. He also received an EdS in Administrative Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.