Georgia State University

Georgia State University Athletics
125 Decatur St. Suite 201 Atlanta, GA 30303
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
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Roger Kincaid

Roger Kincaid took over as the head coach of the Georgia State softball team 10 games into the 2011 season. While leading the program, Kincaid has guided the Panthers to a record of 206-133 (.608), including a 80-49 mark (.620) in conference play. Kincaid has posted 30 or more wins in each of his first six seasons, including four with 35 or more wins. In 2011, he led the Panthers to a CAA Championship, defeating Hofstra twice in the final day of the conference tournament.


Kincaid recorded his 200th win at UL Monroe on May 1, 2016. Georgia State went into the 2016 Sun Belt Tournament as the No. 4 seed, but knocked off No. 2-seed South Alabama to take home third place. Four Panthers were named All-Sun Belt.


The Panthers shattered nearly every offensive record in 2015 as GSU finished No. 42 in the RPI standings, best in school history. Kincaid saw Ivie Drake receive NFCA All-America honors, five of his student-athletes named NFCA All-Region and seven named All-Sun Belt. Drake was also named a finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year.


Georgia State finished with a 30-26 record in 2014, including a 12-9 mark in the Sun Belt. The Panthers finished third in the conference standings in GSU’s first season in the new conference. The 2014 team posted a final RPI of 64, third highest in the Sun Belt which was the fourth most difficult conference in the country.


Georgia State also picked up two road wins over top-20 ranked teams for the first time program history. The Panthers defeated No. 19 South Alabama 2-1 in Mobile, Ala. on April 19 before knocking off No. 13 Georgia 4-2 in Athens, Ga. just three days later.


GSU finished 36-19 in 2013 and had three all-region picks for the first time in school history. The high-octane Panthers also had six players earn some form of All-CAA recognition. GSU defeated No. 23 Georgia in 2013 for a third win in the past two years over a ranked team. GSU also had wins over league rival Hofstra, SEC foe Auburn and two against local rival Kennesaw State. GSU also registered a perfect game, the first by one pitcher, with a six-inning rout of Georgia Southern.


During the 2012 season, GSU softball posted the second-highest winning percentage in the program’s 28 years of competition. The .679 mark (38-18) fell only behind the winning percentage of .709 (39-16) achieved in 1993 when the Panthers won the TAAC championship.


The Panthers won their sixth conference championship and only CAA crown during the 2011 season to earn the program’s second bid in the NCAA tournament. For his efforts, Kincaid was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2011.


Georgia State earned a spot in the four-team CAA tournament in the first two years under Kincaid’s guidance, winning the conference title in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012. In 2013, GSU would have qualified but sat out all CAA tournaments during the transition season to the Sun Belt.


13 student-athletes have been named to the NFCA all-region team since 2011. In 2008, Catherine Lee became the first Panther to earn first-team honors, followed by Paige Nowacki in 2012 and Kaitlyn Medlam in 2013. McCall Langford, Callie Alford (twice) and Jessica Clifton were named to the second team. The five Panthers named all-region in 2015 was most in a single season. GSU only had two individuals make all-region teams prior to 2011.


Kincaid has overseen 37 all-conference team selections, including eight on the first team, 19 on the second-team, two on the third-team and eight on the all-freshmen team.


Kincaid took over the program on an interim basis in February 2011 after long-time head coach Bob Heck stepped down after 24 years of coaching Panther softball. Kincaid was officially promoted to permanent head coach of the program in July 2011. A member of the GSU staff since 2008, Kincaid served two-plus seasons as the team’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before his promotion.


A native of Decatur, Ga., Kincaid played football at Georgia, where he was a member of the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship team, learning from coaches such as Vince Dooley, Erk Russell and Bill Lewis. He earned his degree in business management from Georgia in 1987.


Before coming to Georgia State, Kincaid spent 12 years coaching high school and travel softball teams in the Atlanta area. He was one of the founders of the Georgia Xtreme Softball Organization, which now consists of six teams, including the Xtreme Mavericks, which Kincaid previously managed. His last stop before GSU was at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga., where he worked under Brian DeBerry as varsity softball community coach.


Kincaid currently resides in McDonough, Ga., with his wife Becky. Daughter Karly Kincaid graduated from Georgia in the spring of 2010 and from P.A. school at Nova Southeastern in Jacksonville, Fla. with honors in 2012. She lives in Brookhaven and is working as a dermatologist P.A. Daughter Morgan Chase, a 2010 graduate of Union Grove High School, is a junior at North Georgia campus in Athens. Daughter Brittany Chase married James Logan in Oct. 2013. The couple lives in Sugar Hill and works in cosmetology.

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Todd Downes

Todd Downes has been a member of the Georgia State softball staff since the fall of 2011 and he is currently serving as the assistant head coach. Previously Downes was an assistant coach before being promoted ahead of the 2015 season.


As the primary hitting coach, Downes has led GSU to its most productive seasons at the plate. Four players hit over .300 in 2016 and in 2015, Georgia State shattered its home run record with 102 as a team. That season, Ivie Drake broke the GSU single-season home run record with 22 and Megan Litumbe hit 21.


In 2014 Georgia State established a then single-season team record with 59 home runs. The assistant head coach also helped the Panthers post the second-highest team slugging percentage, third-most runs scored and third-highest batting average.


During the 2015 offseason, Downes coached with the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch League.


Before Georgia State, Downes spent four years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech where he coordinated recruiting and assisted with all aspects of the program. During his coaching tenure, the Yellow Jackets captured two ACC conference championships, made four NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history. He coached six all-conference selections and two All-Americans.


Prior to entering the college ranks, Downes worked as a high school head coach, serving at Walton High School and Kell High School. Both schools won state titles under his guidance and Downes was named the state coach of the year.


For nine years, Downes has also coached the East Cobb Bullets 18-under premier league team. The Bullets captured the ASA 18 Gold National Championship in 2010.


A Roswell, Ga. native, Downes graduated from Kennesaw State in 1988 with a bachelor’s in Health and Education and then earned a master’s in Sports Administration from Georgia in 1990. He also received an EdS in Administrative Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Mackenzie Popescue Alford

Mackenzie Popescue Alford joined the Georgia State softball staff as the team’s pitching coach in July of 2014. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Alford came to Atlanta after an illustrious career as a player at Arizona State.


In 2016, Alford’s pitching staff recorded a 3.77 ERA, GSU’s lowest since the 2012 season. Katie Worley threw both a perfect game and a no-hitter in 2016 and was named All-Sun Belt after tallying a 17-9 record with a 2.82 ERA.


In her first season at GSU, the Panthers went 38-22 and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference while climbing to 42nd in the RPI. The Panthers had two pitchers record double-digit wins, including Taylor Thorpe who tallied a 17-6 record after winning just three games in 2014. On March 7, Katie Worley threw GSU’s first no-hitter since 2011, another testament to Alford’s impact on the program.


As a student-athlete at Arizona State, Alford finished with a career ERA of 2.12 with 59 wins, three no-hitters, four all-conference selections and won the 2011 national championship during her time with the Sun Devils. She was also twice named to the NFCA All-Region team.


As a redshirt senior, Alford finished 2014 with a 20-3 record and a 2.15 ERA which earned NFCA West All-Region first-team honors and the Pac-12 All-Conference second team. She threw her third career no-hitter against Southern Mississippi en route to an 8-0 victory in five innings.


In 2013, she posted a 1.94 ERA with 19 wins, three saves and opened the season with a perfect 13-0 record in non-conference play. Alford pitched a career-high 140.2 innings, including an inning in Super Regional play and 5.1 innings in two games at the Women’s College World Series. She was named to the NFCA All-Region second team and the Pac-12 All-Conference second team.


During her redshirt sophomore campaign in 2012, Alford threw her first career no-hitter against Wichita State in an 11-0 win in five innings. She finished the season with 51.2 innings pitched with a 2.30 ERA and 7-2 overall record.


As a redshirt freshman, she posted a 13-3 overall record and a 2.22 ERA through 97.2 innings pitched as her team went on to win the Women’s College World Series. Alford was named Pac-10 Academic All-Conference team honorable mention, Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention and selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.


Alford graduated from Arizona State in 2014 with a degree in exercise and wellness and a minor in nutrition. The former Mackenzie Popescue married Corey Alford in June 2017.

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