USC Aiken's Snyder; North Georgia's Davenport Reach Coaching Milestones
Two PBC softball coaches crossed historic career milestones in
recent days as USC Aiken's Jerry Snyder won his 600th career game
while North Georgia's Mike Davenport won his 500th. Both
coaches are among the top 35 winningest active coaches in Divison
Synder began the season ranked 38th on the Division II All-Time wins list and has only moved up since the season began. The coach coach collected his 600th win in game one of the doubleheader sweep of Pfeiffer at J.H. Satcher Field on April 6, 2012.
USC Aiken (23-10) won game one, 2-1. The Pacers garnered a 5-1 victory in game two.
In his 25th season at the helm of the USC Aiken softball program, Snyder has led the program to seven 30-win seasons. USC Aiken has won 20 or more games in 18 of the last 19 seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years, reaching a #12 national ranking in 2009, the highest in program history.
Snyder now has 601 career victories. He has led the Pacers to victory in 10 of their last 11 outings.
Davenport reached another milestone Tuesday evening under the lights at Haines & Caroline Hill Stadium, picking up career win No. 500 with a doubleheader sweep over Georgia College in Peach Belt Conference action.
Averaging well over 40 wins a year over the least 12 seasons, Davenport and his teams have reached the 40-win plateau six different times, while eclipsing the 50-win mark four times in the last five years.
In 2011, a school-record 53 wins propelled North Georgia to a third straight NCAA Division II College World Series, while producing an astounding record of 153-19 in those three seasons.
The awards have been countless along the way, earning Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors each of the last three years. While guiding his club to the National Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 Davenport was named the NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
In 11 complete seasons, Davenport has earned seven regular season championships, six conference tournament titles, and made five trips to the National Championships.