The month of May proved to be newsworthy and exciting for many of the Georgia Gwinnett College
teams. After a successful regular season, the baseball team made it to the A.I.I. championship game, where they battled Cal State San Marcos. Although they fell to the Cougars that day, they did qualify for the NAIA tournament, where they battled their way to the championship game.
The GGC softball team entered the A.I.I. tournament with a 32-14 record, and made it to the A.I.I. championship game, where they defeated Ashford University 5-0. After capturing their first ever A.I.I. Championship, the team went on to play in the NAIA tournament for the first time in GGC history.
The women’s tennis team entered the NAIA tournament as the #1 overall seed. After many hours of weather delays, the women’s team qualified for the NAIA National Championship match. Five of the members earned NAIA All-American honors, including Valeria Podda, who was selected to the first team.
The men’s tennis team spent the entire regular season as the #1 team in the country and fought their way through the NAIA tournament, where they eventually beat Embry-Riddle 5-0 to win a second consecutive NAIA National Championship. Five of the members earned All-American honors, including three who were selected to the first team. Chase Hodges, who has served as the coach of both teams since their inception, collected a second consecutive National Coach of the Year accolade from the ITA as well.
Darin Wilson, the Georgia Gwinnett College athletic director, was also named the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Assoc. of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. This is a huge honor and much of the success of the GGC athletic programs can be attributed to the hard work that Darin has put in over the past few years.