ST. AUGUSTINE – Flagler College Director of Athletics Jud Damon announced Tuesday (June 27) the hiring of Kathryn Geouge as head softball coach. Geouge officially will begin her tenure on July 10.
Geouge becomes the second coach in the brief history (started in 2009) of Flagler fast-pitch softball, following Kristen Overton who resigned after serving nine-plus years.
"We believe Coach Geouge has the potential to be one of top softball coaches in Division II and we feel fortunate to have her as our next head coach," said Damon. "Her focus on the student-athlete experience, competitive excellence, and servant-leadership will make her very successful at Flagler."
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Flagler College Family," said Geouge. "I want to thank Dr. Abare, Dr. Joyner, and Mr. Damon for extending to me the honor of leading the Flagler College softball program. I feel blessed for the chance I have been given and I look forward to getting started!"
Geouge comes to Flagler from Lenoir-Rhyne University where she served as the associate head coach last year, the assistant coach (2014 through 2016) and graduate assistant (fall of 2011-13). In her time as a coach on the Bears' staff, Lenoir-Rhyne posted a 251-89 record (.738 winning pct.) and went to five NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals as well as winning or sharing four regular season South Atlantic Conference regular season titles. The Bears won the SAC Tournament title in 2012 and 2013.
This past spring, Geouge helped coach the Bears to a 46-13 overall record and a 16-4 mark in conference play. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with the third highest batting average in the nation with a .361 mark, was seventh in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging percentage (.539), eighth in doubles per game (1.83), and ninth in scoring (6.8 runs per game) and triples per game (0.41).
As an assistant, Geouge instructed the outfielders and the team's hitters. She also spent time as a pitching coach and was a first base coach. Geouge conducted the team's weight lifting and conditioning sessions and oversaw the student-athletes' academic progress. She also handled recruiting duties.
Geouge has helped coach two NFCA All-Americans, 27 All-SAC players, the SAC Pitcher of the Year, the SAC Player of the Year and the SAC Freshman of the Year. Also, nine players have earned Daktronics/D2CCA all-region honors and 14 more have earned NFCA all-region accolades.
Prior to her time in Hickory, North Carolina, Geouge was a graduate assistant at her alma mater, Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, for the fall season in 2010. A 2010 graduate of Catawba, Geouge was a four-year starter and ranks first in career runs scored, walks and assists. She is second in stolen bases and games played. Geouge is fourth all-time in hits and fifth in runs batted in, on-base percentage and home runs. She was a NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2010.
The Canton, North Carolina native received her bachelor's in physical education, with a minor in K-12 education, from Catawba in 2010 and earned her master's in public health from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2013.