MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Director of Athletics Wendell Staton is proud to announce the elevation of Bobcat Softball Coach and Senior Woman Administrator Jamie Grodecki to Assistant Athletic Director.
"I am honored to serve in this role as assistant athletic director," Grodecki said. "I want to thank Wendell, Dr. Shawn Brooks, and Dr. Steve Dorman for allowing me this opportunity. I know this will allow me to strengthen my relationships even more with all of our Student-Athletes, fellow coaches and administrators. I also look forward to working more closely with other Departments on a day-to-day basis throughout our campus."
A nine-year veteran as head coach of the softball program at Georgia College, Grodecki will continue to coach while adding her new expanded role in athletic administration. She had already been serving as SWA, implementing a widely-successful leadership program for Bobcat student-athletes. Now in its third year, the Game Changers program has been offered to student-athletes to help develop leadership and communication skills on and off the field.
"Jamie has served Georgia College and the Department of Athletics with excellence during her nine-year tenure" said Staton. "She is our all-time winningest Softball coach and has taken that standard of excellence to every area she touches within the department. During the last three years she has done a fantastic job as Senior Woman Administrator and I am thrilled to expand her role to that of Assistant Director of Athletics. While she has performed admirably in every capacity, the greatest attribute she possesses is the unequivocal respect of our staff and student-athletes."
"She has been an invaluable resource for our student-athletes, staff, and to me as Director of Athletics. Her role will expand in a variety of areas, including serving as the program administrator for Sports Medicine as well the administrator for specific sports at Georgia College. This is a great move for our department and for Georgia College."
Grodecki is the most successful softball coach in program history, amassing 299 victories in the Georgia College dugout, including the first back-to-back 40-win seasons in school history. The 2013 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Coach of the Year, Grodecki has coached the squad to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including the GC Softball's first Super Regional battle in 2015.
Grodecki spent three seasons as head softball coach at St. Petersburg College prior to joining Bobcat nation. Over those three seasons, she placed second in the Suncoast Conference and earned bids to the FCCAA State Tournament three years in a row.
Prior to her arrival at St. Petersburg, she coached for six years at the Division I and II levels. At Southern Arkansas University she was the head coach for two seasons. She also spent time as an assistant coach at Delta State University and at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Grodecki was a two-sport athlete at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, competing in softball from 1995-2000 and volleyball from 1995-99. She received her B.B.A. from the UAH, and her M.Ed. in Physical Education from UAB.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, she is married to Andrew Grodecki. The Grodeckis have a daughter Allison and they live in Milledgeville.
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