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Softball Introduces Erin Dixson as Assistant Coach

THE FLATS – Erin Dixson has been named an assistant coach for Georgia Tech softball, coach Aileen Morales announced on Friday. The staff’s new addition will serve as pitching coach for the Yellow Jackets.

“I’m thrilled to have Erin join our staff on The Flats,” said Morales. “Through our search, it became evident that Erin not only brings elite pitching knowledge and experience, but is also a perfect fit for our program in aligning with our values and building relationships. I can’t wait to get to work with Erin as she makes her way to campus and becomes an integral part of our staff!”

Dixson comes to the Flats on the heels of her second season as an assistant coach at UNCW in which she helped guide the Seahawks to the program’s first Colonial Athletic Association championship and NCAA tournament appearance.

Tech’s new addition led her pitching staff to rank near the top of the CAA in team ERA, registering a 2.71 mark for just the 13th time Seahawk slingers have posted a team ERA lower than 3.00. Two of Dixson’s hurlers posted sub-2 ERAs, ranking top three in the league and landing first-team all-conference honors as right-hander Janel Gamache was tabbed CAA Player of the Year under Dixson’s Tutelage.

Under Dixson’s watch last season, the Seahawks’ staff tallied 14 complete games and four shutouts while striking out 262 batters, the sixth most in program history.

In her first season at UNCW, Dixson put together one of the top pitching staffs in the country as the Seahawks finished with a 1.85 ERA as a staff and a school-record 308 strikeouts thanks in large part to a freshman duo. The aforementioned pair posted the top two lowest ERAs in the CAA and became UNCW’s first CAA Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year honorees.

UNCW tossed 23 complete games and heaved 10 shutouts in 2022, setting a program record with seven saves under Dixson. The Seahawks also picked up a landmark series victory over softball royalty James Madison for the first time since 2006.

Individually, Dixson groomed then freshman Emily Winstead to become an NFCA Top 25 Freshman after setting the school’s single-season strikeout record for freshmen on top of her CAA Pitcher of the Year recognition.

Dixson made the move to UNCW’s staff following two seasons as pitching coach at Georgia State. Tech’s future leader in the circle helped the Panthers’ pitching staff lower its ERA by nearly a run during her time downtown.

Before landing at Georgia State, Dixson spent the 2019 season as the pitching coach at Lamar as her ace produced a 2.30 ERA, and the team finished with a sub-3 ERA.

Erin Dixson

Courtesy of UNCW Athletics

Dixson earned her master’s degree in Kinesiology from LSU and served as a graduate manager for two seasons with the Tigers, who reached the NCAA Women’s College World Series in 2017.

As a student-athlete, Dixson graduated from Ecker with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2015 after appearing in 52 games for the Tritons from 2014-15. Dixson currently ranks fourth in program history with a 2.78 ERA and sits ninth on the career list with 113 strikeouts, while her 24 wins in the circle are good for sixth in school history.

The Amherst, N.Y., native also excelled at the plate, hitting .308 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI. Her .571 slugging percentage finished third in Eckerd program history.

Dixson received Second-Team NFCA All-South Region recognition as a first baseman during her senior season and was a Second-Team All-Sunshine State Conference pick after blasting 11 home runs with 36 RBI.

Dixson completes a retooled staff on The Flats as head coach Aileen Morales, assistant coaches Dixson, Hunter Bunch and Kelsey Bennett as well as director of operations Deven Boland will lead the Jackets on the diamond.

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