University of NC - Greensboro

UNCG Athletic Department
PO Box 26168 or 1408 Walker Avenue Greensboro, NC 27412
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
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Janelle Breneman

Janelle Breneman is in her sixth year at the helm of the softball program at UNCG in 2018. The Spartans have posted winning seasons every season under head coach Janelle Breneman. Breneman has amassed a record of 156-117 in five seasons. Breneman's teams have topped 30 wins in three of her previous five seasons. Her 156 wins ranks second-best in school history.


Under Breneman's tutelage, UNCG has had a 12 first team All-Southern Conference selections, 15 second teamers, two SoCon All-Freshman, a pair of Freshman of the Year, three SoCon Pitchers of the Month, four SoCon Players of the Month, 14 SoCon Players of the Week, and five SoCon Pitcher of the Week awards. UNCG has also garnered a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American.


2017 was an historic season for UNCG as the Spartans ran up a 29-24 overall record and an 11-6 mark in conference play to claim the program's first-ever SoCon Regular Season Championship and the first conference title for the Blue and Gold since winning the Big South in 1996.


UNCG had five players named All-SoCon in first teamers first baseman Marisa Sholtes and third baseman Gabrielle Cubbage as well as second team honorees second baseman Jasmine Palmer, shortstop Rachael McClaskey and pitcher Alicia Bazonski. Palmer also garnered a Third Team All-MidEast Region nod from the NFCA. As a team, the Spartans cranked out a league high 61 home runs, ranking eighth nationally at 1.15 dingers per game.


In 2016, the Spartans earned a 33-26 overall record. The 2016 team had a pair of players earn First Team All-Southern Conference honors, two earned Second Team All-SoCon, and the Spartans garnered their second SoCon Freshman of the Year award. The 61 home runs by the team are the most any UNCG team has hit in school history. UNCG hit for a .300 average, while leading the league with 61 home runs.


In the opening weekend, UNCG netted its first wins over a Big 12 opponent, defeating Kansas twice at the Jacksonville University Invitational. The Spartans also notched their third win over in-state rival, NC State, defeating the Wolfpack 11-10 in eight innings. The Blue and Gold finished 9-9 in conference action, taking series with Mercer and ETSU, and earning a three-game sweep, of perennial SoCon power, Chattanooga.


During Janelle Breneman's third year at the helm, UNCG had its third-straight winning season (25-22) becoming the first coach since Melody Cope (UNCG Hall of Fame honoree) to achieve three winnings seasons in a row. Breneman's 127 wins is already fourth all-time in school history. Her eight SoCon Tournament victories is second most in just three seasons.


Under Breneman's guidance in 2015, five Spartans were named SoCon All-Conference with three first team selections in juniors Lindsay Thomas, Nicole Thomas and sophomore Tory Wright. Juniors Danielle Vega and Allison Geiner were named second team. As a team, UNCG broke the school record with a .324 batting average breaking a mark set in 1995 (.316). In the field, the team committed 60 errors, which was fourth fewest all-time.


In Breneman's second season at UNCG, the Spartans earned 30 wins for the second-straight season and made the SoCon title game for the second year in a row.


Breneman helped improve offensive numbers as the team scored the second most runs (331), hits (483), average (.312) while breaking the school record for most RBI at 306 and tying the home run mark (57). The team also shattered the school record for doubles with 86 breaking a mark that was set in 1995 (78). She helped numerous players set career highs in hits, average, home runs and RBI, including Katelyn Bedwell who was named SoCon Player of the Year. Also had three first team All-SoCon members in Bedwell, Lindsay Thomas, Nicole Thomas and a second team selection in Dominique Madruga.


Her first season at UNCG was a success after helping the program post 38 victories which is the third highest total in school history. The Spartans started the season 17-3 which was the best start since 2003.


Breneman led the Spartans to a berth in the Southern Conference title game falling in extra innings to Georgia Southern, 1-0, in her first season. Under her direction, UNCG saw its batting improve by 43 points in her first year. Breneman was instrumental in helping the Spartans set top five marks in runs scored (290), hits (449), doubles (72), slugging percentage (.422) and RBI (254).


Breneman helped two UNCG players earn All-Southern Conference first team honors in Katelyn Bedwell and Lindsay Thomas. Breneman mentored Thomas to being named the first UNCG Freshman of the Year in the SoCon. Also six Spartans' made All-SoCon second team and two named to the All-Freshman squad. Bedwell made first team All-Region after Breneman tutored her to a then career-high 52 runs batted in.


In the field, UNCG had only 71 errors, which are 10 less than the entire 2012 season. The Spartans' also had a .958 fielding percentage under Breneman during her first season.


Breneman, who spent eight years in the SEC and ACC, was named the ninth head softball coach in UNCG softball history July 18, 2012. Breneman brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNCG, including nine years as a head coach at both Bucknell and East Stroudsburg.


Breneman spent two seasons as the top assistant coach in the prestigious SEC at South Carolina under head coach Beverly Smith. She was the infield coach and played a pivotal role in the team's defense, while assisting the team's offense. Under her direction, South Carolina saw its fielding percentage improve over 26 points her first year in Columbia, while leading the SEC in double plays. Offensively, the Gamecocks improved in every statistical category during her tenure, including raising the team batting average 51 points in her first year.


Prior to South Carolina, Breneman spent six seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina for head coach Donna Papa. She helped the Tar Heels post five 40-plus win seasons and advance to the NCAA Tournament every season. She was an integral part of the program that was ranked in the Top 25 in four of her six seasons in Chapel Hill.


Under her guidance, the North Carolina defense led the Atlantic Coast Conference in fielding each year and finished in the top 33 in NCAA Division I all six seasons. Offensively, the Tar Heels ranked in the top 100 in NCAA Division I in home runs per at-bat her final three seasons and she helped Danielle Spaulding become a three-time All-America recipient. During her tenure, eight different student-athletes received 14 All-ACC selections.


Breneman came to UNC after two head coaching stints over a nine-year period at Bucknell (2001-04) and East Stroudsburg (1996-2000). During her run at Bucknell, the Bison made the Patriot League Tournament in 2004, when she was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year. She served five seasons as the head coach at Division II East Stroudsburg and helped the Warriors post their first winning season in four years with a 21-18 record in her rookie campaign.


Breneman was also a standout on the field, playing two years in the Women's Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride and was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University. She was the starting shortstop during her career and earned All-America honors as a senior. A three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection, she still holds the Huskies' career record with 351 assists. She helped Bloomsburg to the NCAA Division II Championships all four years, finishing second in the nation in 1991 and third in both 1990 and 1992.


Breneman earned a bachelor's degree in adult health and cardiac rehabilitation from Bloomsburg in 1993. She was inducted into the Bloomsburg Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Ephrata High School Hall of Fame in 2001.


Position: Head Coach

Alma Mater: Bloomsburg College

Graduating Year: 1993

Experience: 4 Years

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Tracey Lynch

Tracey Lynch is in her third year at UNCG as an assistant coach under Janelle Breneman for the 2018 season. Lynch works closely with the teams pitchers and catchers.


In 2017, the UNCG pitching staff posted a 4.01 team ERA with 25 complete games. Alicia Bazonski was a workhorse in the circle after being named the SoCon Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Bazonski tallied a 3.32 ERA with a 19-15 record, striking out 113 to just 65 walks. For her efforts, Bazonski garnered a Second Team All-SoCon nod.


Under Lynch's guidance in 2016, UNCG finished with a collective 3.64 earned run average. That average placed the team third in the league. It marked UNCG's lowest team ERA in three seasons. The Spartans had two pitchers earn postseason awards, Junior Alicia Bazonski earned All-Southern Conference Second Team honors, and Stephanie Bryden earned a spot on the SoCon's All-Freshman team, and was named the league's Freshman of the Year.


Prior to coming to UNCG, Lynch spent two years at Stony Brook, helping the Seawolves claim back-to-back America East Conference regular season championships.


Lynch was responsible for the pitchers and catchers at Stony Brook, helping the Seawolves post 64 wins over the past two years. Under her guidance, Allison Cukrov was named the America East Pitcher of the Year and named to the NFCA All-Region First Team after posting a 23-9 record with a 2.10 ERA in 2015. During her time at Stony Brook, the Seawolves posted a 29-3 record in league play and were 29-7 at home during her tenure.


She is familiar with the SoCon, having worked as an assistant coach with the College of Charleston when the Cougars were members of the SoCon. While at Charleston, Lynch worked with all hitters, infielders and pitchers. Under Lynch's guidance, the pitching staff posted a 2.61 team ERA and a .239 opponent batting average, while helping the Cougars to 37 wins and a second-place finish in the Southern Conference regular season standings.


Prior to College of Charleston, Lynch spent time at the Division II level, working with LIU Post, in Brookville, New York. During her time at LIU Post, Lynch worked with the pitchers and catchers and also assisted with bullpen sessions, situational defense, outfield drills, hitting, and strength and conditioning. In 2011, the pitchers recorded a 1.67 team ERA, which ranked 14th nationally, and helped the Pioneers to a 41-16 record, the East Region Championship and a spot in the College World Series (NCAA Division II). LIU Post finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation and Lynch, along with the rest of the staff, received the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year award.


Lynch also has extensive experience with youth softball instruction, having taught the sport to age groups ranging from seven to 18. Lynch previously worked as an instructor at the New York Softball Academy (Brookville, N.Y.) and at the Frozen Ropes Softball/Baseball Facility (Garden City, N.Y.) from 2010-12.


Lynch also managed and taught softball at Ozzie Smith's Sports Academy in Yorktown, Va., and taught speed and agility at 3D Sports, also in Yorktown, in 2009-10.


Lynch played collegiately at Liberty University from 2005-07, before suffering a shoulder injury that ended her college career. After undergoing surgery and the rehabilitation process, Lynch was able to re-take the field in 2008 as the starting catcher of the Competitive Edge International Softball team, which traveled to China to challenge the Chinese Olympic and National teams.


A native of Lancaster, Pa., Lynch earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Liberty University in 2009.

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Bethaney Wells

Bethaney Wells is in her second year under head coach Janelle Breneman at UNCG during the 2018 season. She works primarily with the Spartan outfield and as a hitting coach.


UNCG saw a surge in power in Wells' first season in 2017. The Spartans launched 61 home runs on the season, ranking eighth nationally with 1.15 long balls per game. Sophomore Marisa Sholtes ranked second in the league with 10 homers, while freshman Jordan Gontram blasted nine dingers to tie for fourth. Overall, UNCG posted 125 extra-base hits on the season.


Wells, a former standout at North Carolina State, spent three seasons as an assistant coach at William Peace University. During her three seasons at the NCAA Division III school, the Pacers accumulated a 62-58-1 record, advancing to the USA South Conference Tournament Championship Game in 2015.


Wells appeared in 25 games as a freshman at NC State before redshirting her sophomore year with the Wolfpack. Upon her return, she appeared in 47 games and earned 41 starts as a redshirt sophomore. She led the squad in home runs, runs batted in, total bases and slugging percentage that season and tied for the team-best hitting streak of eight games.


As a senior at NC State, Wells started in 53-of-54 games in the outfield. She once again led the team in home runs and RBIs and was ranked fourth in the ACC in slugging percentage.


She helped lead the Wolfpack to an ACC Tournament Championship in 2013 and earned NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete from 2011-13.


She ranks third all-time for career home runs (30) at NC State and is also ranked within the top-10 in career RBI (97) and slugging percentage (.484).


Since 2008 she has helped plan and organize the NC State Softball summer camps as well as provided hitting and defensive instruction. In 2013 Wells began hitting and defensive skill lessons for Grand Slam USA and has helped run camps and clinics with local coaches.


While coaching at WPU, she was the hitting and outfield coach for the Pacers. She was responsible for recruiting, scouting reports, organizing community service projects, organized alumni and fundraising events and was responsible for organizing and facilitating practices.


Additionally, Wells has volunteered with the Wolfpack Blitz and the Miracle League of the Triangle.


Wells has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University.

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