Harris-Champer Named SEC Coach of the Year
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
The Southeastern Conference has announced Georgia head softball coach Lu Harris-Champer the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the SEC – I have so much respect for each of them for the way their teams compete and the excellence they bring to the sport we love,” Harris-Champer said. “Crew 22’s determination, hard work, and mindset is a joy to work with every day. It has been a blessing to coach alongside the great minds of Tony Baldwin, Rachele Fico, and Brock Van Faussien. Together, they embody the goal of our program to grow strong, confident young women. Simply put, I love Crew 22.”
Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th 40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.
Georgia will open SEC Tournament play Thursday at 2:30 p.m., EDT, against the winner between Arkansas and Kentucky. The Bulldogs will carry the #2 seed in the tournament