Jennifer Claybrook has been the LaGrange College head softball coach for 12 seasons and the school's athletic director for three years, the first woman to hold the position. She has a career record of 289-231.
The Panthers went 28-14 in 2014, the second most wins in the NCAA era of the program. The Panthers finished third at the USA South Tournament for the second straight year. They defeated nationally-ranked and eventual tournament champion Piedmont in the first game of the tournament.
Claybrook guided the Panthers to three straight Great South Athletic Championship Tournament titles and appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
She served as an assistant softball coach for two years before being named head coach in 2003.
The Panthers have produced six United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Americans, four NCAA South All-Region selections and 29 all-conference selections since Claybrook became coach. The Panthers also had three GSAC Player of the Year awards and a GSAC Pitcher of the Year award.
In 2006, the Panthers were 32-11 under Claybrook. It was the most wins by the Panthers since becoming an NCAA Division III member. The Panthers ranked nationally in all 11 statistical categories kept by the NCAA, the first LaGrange College athletic team to do so. Claybrook was named the GSAC Coach of the Year for the second time.
In her first season, Claybrook guided the Panthers to a 25-17 overall record and the GSAC regular season championship. The Panthers were runner-ups in the conference tournament and the USCAA National Championship Tournament.
Claybrook has been in the athletic department for 16 years, first as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach and now as head coach. She has also served as assistant volleyball coach for eight years and as an assistant coach for basketball.
A Fayetteville, Ga. native, Claybrook was a four-time Georgia-Alabama-Carolina all-conference selection in softball for LaGrange and named to the NFCA First Team South All-Region team in 2000. She was a member of the first basketball team when the program was restarted in 1999.
Claybrook was a NFCA Scholar Athlete and a three-time NAIA Academic All-American. She received the school's Eagle Award, while compiling a 3.84 grade point average.
Claybrook graduated magna cum laude from LaGrange College with a degree in Middle Grades Education and also has a master's degree in Middle Grades Education from LaGrange.
She is married to Jim Claybrook and they have two sons, J.J. and Roy Allen.