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Georgia Tech Names McRae as Assistant Softball Coach

Sept. 27, 2006

ATLANTA Yolanda McRae was named Georgia Tech assistant softball coach, announced by head coach Sharon Perkins on Wednesday afternoon. McRae, a former University of Georgia player and volunteer assistant coach, will handle the Tech outfielders and assist with hitting.

“I am thrilled to announce the addition of Yolanda McRae to our staff at Georgia Tech,” said Perkins. “Along with Coach [Todd] Downes, I could not have asked for a better staff to work with as we work to take that next step with the program.”

While serving as a volunteer assistant coach, McRae helped guide the Bulldogs to a top 10 national ranking and a 51-13 overall record. The Bulldogs won the SEC East division with a 24-6 conference record and finished the year 14-10 against top 25 opponents. UGA ended the 2006 season fifth in the nation in runs per game (6.0) and seventh in batting average (.323) and slugging percentage (.490).

Before working at Georgia, McRae served as the head coach of the 16 and under Georgia Lightning in the summer of 2005.

McRae played one season at UGA and helped the Bulldogs win their first Southeastern Championship in 2003. She was a two-year letterwinner at Georgia State before transferring to Georgia.

“She has worked hard as a player and as a volunteer assistant and has earned this opportunity,” said Perkins. “She shares a similar vision to both myself and Coach Downes. I can’t wait to get the season started.”

A native of Dublin, Ga., McRae graduated from UGA in 2005 with a degree in health and physical education.

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