DECATUR, Ga. - After a national search, Agnes Scott College found that it had the best possible successor to longtime head coach Catherine Geerlings already impacting the lives of the volleyball team in a positive manner. Bailey Thornton, Geerling's assistant coach this season, has been named as the new head coach for the Great South Athletic Conference regular season champions, the department announced today.
"We are extremely pleased with the job that Bailey has done as our assistant coach," commented Athletic Director Beth Vansant. "The team, the other coaches, and all of us in administration have been very impressed with the impact Bailey has already had on our young women, and we look forward to supporting her as she makes the transition to head coach."
Thornton, who was a two-sport standout at Erskine College in both softball and volleyball, inherits a team that graduates only two players. Key returners will include GSAC Player of the Year Anna Tomkins, as well as GSAC Freshman of the Year, Paige Heck. Kayleigh McCrary and Bonnie Derks will also return after being named to the All-Conference Team in the fall.
"I look forward to the future of this program as we transition into the USA South Conference," commented Thornton. "We have a very solid base returning, and I think we can do great things as we go forward. I want to thank Beth Vansant, Associate Dean Joeleen Akin, and the rest of the staff at Agnes Scott for entrusting me with this team. I also want to thank Coach Geerlings for having such a positive impact on my coaching career and for being such a great example for me."
In addition to her B.S. in Physical Education from Erskine, Thornton will also finish her Master's of Science in Sport Administration from Georgia State University in May 2016. She was formerly a graduate assistant for Georgia State's softball program. She also has extensive experience coaching at the club level in her home state of South Carolina.