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Sheridan hired as head coach of UPike softball

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – University of Pikeville Athletic Director Robert Staggs announced on Tuesday that Christine Sheridan has been hired as the next head coach of UPIKE softball.

Sheridan comes to the Bears after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. I Evansville (Ind.). With the Purple Aces, Sheridan worked primarily with the infielders and provided the majority of the hitting instruction.

“I’m excited about the kind of coach we are bringing in to UPIKE in Christine Sheridan,” said Athletic Director Robert Staggs. “She not only has a fantastic softball background as a player and coach, but also cares about the student-athletes and wants them to succeed on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

Prior to taking the position at Evansville in 2012, Sheridan was an assistant coach at Georgia State University for three seasons. While coaching the hitting and running the team’s conditioning program, Sheridan helped GSU to three 30-win seasons and its first Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship.

Apart from her two stops in the collegiate ranks, Sheridan served as a hitting instructor for Champions Fast Pitch Academy in Marietta, Ga., and was a community coach for East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., leading them to a 2008 GHSA 5A Tournament appearance.

As a student-athlete, Sheridan played two seasons as East Carolina where she earned all-conference honors at shortstop both years and was named the 2003 Conference-USA Freshman of the Year. Her last two seasons were spent at Georgia Tech where she led the Yellow Jackets to an ACC Regular-Season and Tournament Championship in 2005 and two straight NCAA Regional appearances.

Sheridan was a First Team All-ACC selection as a junior after hitting .380 with a .485 on-base percentage and was selected to the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior after hitting .500 over the course of five games. She was Georgia Tech’s Most Valuable Defensive Player both seasons.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Robert Staggs and President James Hurley for giving me this great opportunity to lead the UPIKE softball program,” said Sheridan. “I also thank my family for supporting me in my coaching career and helping make this possible. “I'm excited to get started with the current student-athletes and working to make them a competitor in the Mid-South Conference."

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