When the Georgia softball team begins its 2015 campaign next February, they‚Äôll be doing so without any Glascos.
Earlier this month, associate head coach Gerry Glasco left the Bulldogs program after six seasons to take a similar position at Texas A&M, and it was confirmed Tuesday that his daughter, rising junior Geri Ann Glasco, was also leaving the team.
Gerry Glasco‚Äôs other daughter, Tara Archibald, also worked as an assistant coach for Georgia for the past three seasons and her name has been removed from the UGA Softball website. The Bulldogs announced last week the hiring of former volunteer assistant Tony Baldwin ‚Äî who spent the last two years at North Carolina ¬≠¬≠‚Äî as head coach Lu Harris-Champer‚Äôs new assistant coach.
Geri Ann Glasco, a two-time Banner-Herald Softball Player of the Year and the 2012 Gatorade High School National Player of the Year who led Oconee County to a pair of Class AAA state championships, reportedly wrote Monday on her Facebook page that she was transferring to Oregon, although she was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.
The NCAA does not require softball players to sit out a season after transferring, so she would be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks, who this spring advanced to the Women‚Äôs College World Series for the second time in three years.
This past spring, Geri Ann Glasco batted .297 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs and went 16-5 in the pitching circle with a 2.53 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 143.2 innings pitched as Georgia (45-19, 15-9 in the Southeastern Conference) won the SEC tournament and reached the super regionals of the NCAA tournament.
In her first season at Georgia, she was named a second-team All-American by Easton and a third-team All-American by NFCA and was named the SEC‚Äôs Co-Freshman of the Year. She set a school record for freshmen with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs. She also hit .363 and posted a 17-8 pitching mark with 124 strikeouts in 137 innings.
Gerry Glasco is currently coaching the USSSA Florida Pride of National Pro Fastpitch (which includes former Bulldog Kristyn Sandberg, as well as
several former Texas A&M players), and another of his daughters, Erin, played for the Aggies. The Bulldogs compiled a 277-92 record and reached the WCWS final four twice while he coached at Georgia.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm thrilled to be coming to A&M,‚Äù Glasco said earlier this month to www.12thman.com. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a fantastic place with all the traditions of the school and a fantastic head coach in Jo Evans.‚Äù
‚ÄúGerry Glasco will be a great addition to our program,‚Äù Evans, who has coached at Texas A&M for 18 seasons, said. ‚ÄúHe is a proven winner. He made a significant impact on the Georgia program and did a great job with their hitters. He has a passion for the game, loves working with student-athletes, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is a tireless recruiter. He is one of the best I‚Äôve seen at spotting talent, networking and building relationships in the recruiting world.‚Äù
In 2014, the Aggies went 37-22 (9-15 in the SEC) and were eliminated by Oklahoma in the NCAA Norman Regional.
Harris-Champer was not available for comment on Tuesday.