July 1, 2018

Panther Family,

It’s always exciting to deliver good news and July’s State of the Panthers is no exception.  Hopefully, everyone is aware of the recent awards earned by Georgia State student-athletes, but if not, I want to share our great news.

First, softball player Kristin Hawkins and men’s soccer player Jad Elkhalil are two of seven student-athletes to earn Sun Belt Conference post-graduate scholarships.  No other school earned more scholarships than the Panthers!

Secondly, we also had six Academic All-Americans this season which ranks us 8th nationally.  This unprecedented effort also included four first-team All-Americans, which placed us third nationally.  I congratulate Ivie, Alex, Justin, Lotte, Brenna, and Chandon for making the absolute most of their Georgia State experience.  Their individual and collective legacies will live on for others to match and I appreciate them setting the standard for those who come behind.

Third, we have two incredible staff members recognized nationally for their leadership.  First, Brad Horton was awarded the Professional Excellence Award for Region II by the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) at their recent meeting in Washington D.C.  I speak for our coaches and student-athletes when I congratulate BH for a well-deserved award.  Also honored in Washington was Patrick Hatcher with the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) Facility Manager of the Year Award.  It is awesome to see people who resist recognition be so honored.

Fourth, for those visiting GSU Stadium and/or Sports Arena this summer, please be aware of the construction and be patient around the area.  Progress always requires patience and we are excited for the progress that is occurring. 

Finally, we should all pass along our thoughts to Mike Holmes for his allegiance to the woeful New York Mets this baseball season!

Many thanks to all for making GSU a special place for our student-athletes to excel.  Happy 4th of July!

Go Panthers!

Charlie Cobb

Director of Athletics