Emmanuel College (GA)

Emmanuel College Athletics
181 Springs St. Franklin Springs, GA 30639
Division 2 Georgia Southeast
Private Very Small Competitive team


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Kevin Fagan

Franklin Springs, GA - Emmanuel College Director of Athletics, Nate Moorman, has hired Kevin Fagan as the next Head Coach of the Emmanuel softball program. Fagan comes to Emmanuel with a tradition of winning.

Fagan spent the last six and a half seasons coaching at the College of Central Florida. During his tenure there, he helped lift the program to a national powerhouse status by assembling a remarkable record of 355-68 (124-20 conference record), winning more than 83 percent of his games. His Lady Patriot teams won the Mid-Florida Conference Championship four times in just six seasons (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). They were also the 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Runner-Up and a third-place National Tournament finish in 2019. His leadership helped earn him Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the Year four times (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), including the South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year twice in 2014 and 2019.

Prior to Central Florida, Fagans winning ways began on the gridiron and in the high school softball arena.

Fagan was a part of the University of Miami National Championship team. Then went on to play eight years in the NFL while winning two Super Bowl rings and earning a spot on the All-Pro team before retiring in 1994.

He got into softball coaching when his oldest daughter Kasey began playing in a youth league. He then became the Head Coach at Dunnellon High School, where he led them to a Class 4A State Championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 DHS team was named national champions by ESPN. Fagan coached at DHS for six seasons and compiled an incredible 122-19 record. During his time at DHS, Fagan coached three Florida Gatorade Players of the Year, one National Gatorade Player of the Year, seven All-State players and three All-Americans. Fagan's daughters Kasey (Arkansas), Sami (Missouri), and Haley (Auburn) play Division I softball. All were standouts for Fagan at DHS before moving on to the next level. His youngest daughter, Haley Sampson, will be assisting him with the Emmanuel Softball program.

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Haley Sampson

Haley Sampson brings top-level collegiate and professional playing experience to the Emmanuel College. A three-year starter at Auburn, Sampson helped the Tigers earn back-to-back berths in the Women's College World Series, including an appearance in the national final as a junior in 2016. She began her career at South Alabama, where she was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year while also being named to the NFCA All-Region first team.

As a freshman, she hit .352 with 11 homers and 51 RBI. During the span of her four-year career, Fagan batted .331 with a .689 slugging percentage, 27 doubles, three triples, 34 home runs, 147 RBI and 134 run scored in 192 games played between South Alabama (2013) and Auburn (2015-17).

Following the close of her collegiate career, Sampson played for the Akron Racers during the summer of 2017. Playing alongside her older sister, Sami Fagan, she helped the Racers post a third-place finish.

A native of Dunnellon, Fla., Sampson comes from an athletic family. Her older sisters, Sami (Florida, 2012, Missouri, 2014-16) and Kasey (Florida, 2011-12, Arkansas, 2014-15) both played softball in the SEC, while younger sister Cameron is beginning her collegiate softball career this year at Virginia Tech.

Sampson graduated from Auburn in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in media studies and became the Graduate Assistant coach at Liberty University in 2017-18. During her year there Liberty had a record-setting season, going 49-14 and 18-3 in Big South play, winning the Big South regular-season title for the second year in a row. The Lady Flames claimed the Big South Softball Championship title by sweeping through the conference tournament. Then, Liberty won its first two games at the NCAA Columbia Regional, upsetting No. 24/24 Hofstra and No. 10/11 South Carolina to advance to the Regional final. At the end of the season, Liberty received a program-record 17 votes in the final NFCA Top 25 Poll, while being holding a program-best RPI of 29.

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