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Softball Coaching Staff

Head Coach Scot Thomas


Coach Thomas enters his fourth season as Head Coach for the Lady Commodores Softball Program.

This past season (2021-22), Thomas guided his team to a 39-8 (0.684 winning %) overall and 8-12 in conference play.  Two Lady Commodores earned All-Academic honors, eight All-Panhandle Conference, Pitcher, GraceAnne Spears earned Panhandle Conference Pitcher of the Year, Spears also earned FCSAA All-State First-Team.

The 2020-21 season had a record of 23-22 (0.511 winning %) 8-12 in Conference play.  The team excelled in the classroom with six players earning NJCAA All-Academic honors.  Sophomore outfielder Summer Johnson earned NFCA/NJCAA DI 1st Team All-Region and NFCA NJCAA DI Second Team All-American honors.               

During his first season as Head Coach, Thomas led his team to a record of 20-8 (0.714 winning %). Due to the covid-19 virus the 2019-2020 squad was unable to finish their 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.

Gulf Coast State College Records and Career Highlights
Gulf Coast Stats
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
Atlantic Conference Coach Stats

Phone: 850.747.3830

Assistant Coach Sarah Smith

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Assistant Coach Bob Thayer

Bob Thayer
Assistant Softball Coach

will enter his fourth season with the Lady Commodores Softball Program as their Volunteer Pitching Coach.

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.