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Scot Thomas
Head Women's Softball Coach

Scot Thomas enters his first year as Head Coach for the Lady Commodores Softball Program during the 2019-20 season.

Coach Thomas spent 23 years as Head Coach for the Virginia Tech Softball Program. Since 1996, the first season Virginia Tech fielded a softball team, Thomas has had 17 winning or .500 seasons in 22 campaigns, has led the Hokies to eight NCAA appearances, two ACC titles, and took Tech to the pinnacle of the sport in 2008, the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

The Hokies narrowly missed out on the NCAA Tournament in 2016 after going up against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Tech finished the season ranked 44th in the RPI with a 29-28 overall mark and a 9-12 record in conference play.

Prior to 2016, the Hokies appeared in four-consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2012-15 and compiled an overall record of 150-88. Tech’s last NCAA Tournament team in 2015 re-wrote the program’s offensive record book, breaking the school record with 65 home runs. That total included a school-record 17 home runs from Kelsey Mericka.

Tech reached its seventh NCAA Tournament in 2014 after finishing third in the ACC with a 19-9 record, its most league wins since joining the conference in 2005. All-ACC performers Lauren Gaskill, Kylie McGoldrick and Katie Smith were coupled with a pitching staff, led by first-year pitching coach Angela Tincher-O’Brien, that posted the second-most strikeouts in the ACC with 362.

Career Highlights while Coaching at VT:
2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year
2007, 2008, 2012 & 2013 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year
1999 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year
1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008 & 2012 VaSID State Coach of the Year

Year

Overall

Conference

Year

Overall

Conference

1996

16-32

6-10 (Atlantic 10)

2008

49-19

16-5 (ACC CHAMPS)

1997

24-32

8-8 (Atlantic 10)

2009

28-28

8-10 (ACC)

1998

32-31

8-8 (Atlantic 10)

2010

25-33

8-13 (ACC)

1999

54-16

14-2 (Atlantic 10)

2011

37-20

9-12 (ACC)

2000

41-22

12-4 (Atlantic 10)

2012

42-21

12-8 (ACC)

2001

36-23

12-8 (BIG EAST)

2013

38-21

9-11 (ACC)

2002

42-18

12-8 (BIG EAST)

2014

36-23

19-9 (ACC)

2003

21-29

6-12 (BIG EAST)

2015

34-23

9-14 (ACC)

2004

36-23

9-11 (BIG EAST)

2016

29-28

13-11 (ACC)

2005

44-25

4-13 (ACC)

2017

19-34

5-19 (ACC)

2006

39-21

12-8 (ACC)

2018

23-30

7-16 (ACC)

2007

49-16

15-5 (ACC CHAMPS)

     


Email: nthomas1@gulfcoast.edu
Phone: 850.747.3830


 

Tenaya Tucker
Assistant Women's Softball Coach

Tenaya Tucker enters her first year as Assistant Coach of the Lady Commodores Softball Program

Tucker, a native of Antelope CA, had a standout career at UNC Charlotte from 2008-11 where she was a two-time First Team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection, leading the 49ers in batting average (.388), hits (66), home runs (12) and RBIs (47) as a senior. She is still at the top of the record book for single-season slugging percentage record (.712) and on base percentage (.467), as well as the career leader in putouts (1,342).

Following her career at Charlotte, Tucker was named the assistant coach at University of Delaware where she supported in the development of the Blue Hen’s offense and outfield for two seasons. During her time at Delaware, Tucker played professionally in Italy for DES Caserta, earning the Italian Professional Softball League Championship MVP in 2012.
After a four year stint coaching Varsity softball and basketball at her alma mater, Roseville High School in Roseville, CA, Tucker was named the Assistant Softball Coach at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 

Tucker’s first year at Oakland, the team went from pre-season picked 5th to 2nd place in the Horizon League, as well as forcing an if necessary game in the League Championships. She was responsible for adding 50 more hits, 55 more runs and raising the team batting average to .266, from the year before. During the 2018-2019 season, the Golden Grizzlies landed four student-athletes on All-League teams, including Kelsie Swanson with all-second team honors, Jessie Munson with all-freshman team honors and Madison Jones who was named Freshman of the Year, as well as earning first team all-league and all-freshman team honors. Under Tucker’s guidance, Jones powered her way through the Oakland University record books, breaking the single season home run (13) and slugging percentage (.761) records.

Email: ttucker1@gulfcoast.edu
Phone: 850.747.3830

Bob Thayer
Volunteer Pitching Coach

Bob Thayer has rejoined the Lady Commodores Softball Program as their Volunteer Pitching Coach for the 2019-20 season.

Thayer is one of the most recognized softball names in the panhandle. He retired after serving as the GCCC Softball Pitching Coach for 14 years. Thayer pitched over 20 years in tournaments all over the country.

Coach Thayer moved to Panama City, FL in 1979 from Maryland and pitched for the local team Jim Elliot Dodge, winning two state championships. He later pitched for the Tate Oilers and came within one game of going to the Natinoals losing 1-0.

Thayer finished his playing career in 1983 when he pitched for the nationally know Clearwater Bombers.

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