|Title:||Assistant Softball Coach (Student)|
Jessica Coan is in her second year as a student assistant on the North Georgia softball coaching staff. Prior to returning to Dahlonega as a coach, Coan traveled to Europe where she played professionally for the Mannheim Tornados, a baseball and softball club based in Mannheim, Germany.
During her two seasons as a player at North Georgia, the Duluth, Ga. native was one of the top pitchers in both the Peach Belt Conference and Southeast Region, claiming numerous awards including three All-American honors in addition to the 2011 Ron Lentz National Player of the Year.
As a senior in 2012, Coan boasted a 1.44 earned run average in 223 innings of work. She retired 332 total batters (10.42 per game) and posted a 25-8 record. She was sixth in the league for ERA and led the conference with her 25 victories and 332 strikeouts.
She ended her time at North Georgia as the all-time leader in ERA (1.27) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.57). She posted a career record of 52-13 with 49 complete games, 441.1 innings pitched and 666 batters retired.
In one of the most dominating pitching performances in the history of Division II softball, Coan punched out 19 batters, the second most in NCAA Division II softball history in a 7-inning contest in a March 4, 2011 victory over Lenior-Rhyne. She was one strikeout away from tying Dori Stankewitz from Florida Southern who recorded 20 strikeouts on March 14, 1987 against Tampa University. Coan's 19 strikeouts in the 7-inning game have her tied for second all-time with Torie Bunzell of Quincy University who tallied 19 strikeouts in 2008 and again during the 2010 campaign.
Prior to coming to North Georgia, Coan was part of the pitching staff at Georgia Tech from 2008-2010. In her two seasons as a Yellow Jacket, she had a 2.94 ERA in 51 appearances and 25 starts. She was 23-6 in 173.1 innings and compiled 227 strikeouts.