Georgia Southwestern State Univ

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800 Georgia Southwestern State Univ Dr AMERICUS, GA 31709
Division 2 Georgia Southeast
Public Small National competitor


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Nicki Levering

Nicki Levering enters her second season as the head softball coach at Georgia Southwestern in 2018-19. Levering comes to GSW from South Georgia State College where she served as head coach for four seasons.

This past spring, under Levering's leadership, South Georgia State posted 30-plus wins for the second consecutive season, finishing 31-20. In 2015, the Hawks captured the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) regular season championship with a record of 12-2 in league play and 32-9 overall, earning Levering GCAA Coach of the Year honors.

All told, Levering produced 14 GCAA All-Region players and two All-American nominees during her time at South Georgia State.

Prior to South Georgia State, Levering was the assistant coach at Galveston College in Galveston, Texas, where the team was 2013 NJCAA Region 14 regular season champions and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the country.

Levering, a native of Nashville, Tenn., had a successful career as a collegiate athlete as well. She played catcher and third base at both Seminole Community College (Sanford, Fla.) and Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.). She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-American in 2005 at SCC and a 2008 team captain at Trevecca Nazarene, where she earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Levering was on a Trevecca Nazarene squad that won NAIA Regional IX and Tran South Conference championships in 2007 and 2008.

After her playing career ended, she served as a graduate assistant for two years at the University of North Alabama earning a master's degree in health and human performance. Currently, Levering is in pursuit of her doctorate in adult and career education at Valdosta State University.

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Mikela Barlow

Graduate Assistant Coach

As a former player for the Lady Canes, Barlow enters her first season as graduate assistant for the softball program. From 2015-2018, Barlow has played 162 games for the Lady Canes, stepping to the plate 447 times and getting 137 runs off 158 hits. She has a total of 43 doubles, two triples, seven home runs with 74 RBIs. She ended her career with a .353 batting average and a .506 slugging percentage. As a fielder, Barlow has a total of 341 putouts with a fielding percentage of .973.

At the end of her senior season, Barlow was leading the Lady Canes in hits (44), doubles (12) and double plays (4). She currently holds the school record for most runs scored in 2017 (51), most doubles in 2016 (18) and also for most hits in a season (59).

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Karlie Gillam

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Gillam enters the 2017-18 season as volunteer assistant coach at Georgia Southwestern while also serving as the Director of Softball for Synergy Sports Academy in Albany, Georgia. Gillam just finished the 2017 season in her first year as Assistant Coach under Head Coach Nicki Levering at South Georgia State College. Prior to South Georgia State College, Gillam served under head coach, Mike Davenport at the University of North Georgia.

As a student assistant in 2014, Gillam helped lead UNG to Regular Season Conference Champions and Conference Champions with a Super Regional appearance (47-11).

As a graduate assistant at UNG in 2015, Gillam helped lead UNG to its first-ever national championship - in any sport - running through the losers' bracket at the NCAA DII Championship in Oklahoma City to eventually take down Dixie State, 5-0, to take the crown. Davenport's staff was recognized as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for their incredible run that year (54-8).

Finishing up her coaching career at UNG in 2016, Gillam helped lead the Nighthawks to Regular Season Conference Champions and Conference Champions. They won their Regional and became runners up in the Super Regional (54-8),

Gillam was a two-year letter winner at the University of North Georgia softball program in Dahlonega Georgia. She was a member of the Saints softball team that made NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2013. Karlie also made First Team All-Conference for the Peachbelt Conference in 2012 and 2013 after hitting .329 with seven homeruns in 2012. Prior to her time at UNG, Gillam played one year at Kennesaw State University and Bevill State Community College. Gillam was a third baseman during her playing career.

Gillam played high school softball at Collins Hill in Lawrenceville, Georgia. While at CHHS, she was twice named All-Region and All-County. Gillam earned the school's Bobbie Bailey Athletic Award in 2006 and Coca-Cola Academic & Athletic Performance Award winner in 2005.

The Lawrenceville native graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's in Physical Education with Leadership (2014), and a master’s in Physical Education (2016).

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