|Position:||Assistant Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Kennesaw State|
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.
Downes coached one of the most prolific players in GSU softball in Ivie Drake (2015-18). Drake was a two-time all-american and helped lead the Panthers to 31 wins in her senior season in 2018. Drake ended her career the GSU all-time leader in batting average, hits, home runs, RBI, walks, and runs scored and ranks second all-time in doubles.
As the primary hitting coach, Downes has led GSU to its most productive seasons at the plate. In 2017, redshirt junior Megan Litumbe clobbered 22 home runs which tied GSU's single-season record and finished among the top-10 in the NCAA Division I.
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.