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Georgia Softball hires Rick Pauly as assistant coach

Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer has added Rick Pauly as an assistant coach for the Georgia softball team. Pauly spent the last three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at USC Upstate.

“I am thrilled to have Rick as a member of the staff,” Harris-Champer told “He has a proven track record of success and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. With his guidance, I believe that our players, specifically our pitchers, will continue to grow in every aspect of the game.”

In his three years at USC Upstate, Pauly coached two A-Sun Freshmen of the Year and last season coached the A-Sun Pitcher of the Year, an NFCA All-Region selection and two First Team A-Sun selections. Last season, USC Upstate had a national fifth-best ERA (1.55) on the way to a NCAA Regional appearance. Three Spartan pitchers had sub-2.00 ERAs.

Prior to his time at USC Upstate, Pauly spent one season as the pitching coach at South Carolina. He severed as the head coach at Spartanburg Methodist College from 2004-09, leading the Lady Pioneers to back-to-back Junior College World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009.

Pauly also played with the nationally recognized ASA National Champions Madison Farm. Pauly also played in 11 ASA or ISC National and World Tournaments and competed with Madison Farm at the U.S. Olympic Festival Games in 1987 and 1991. While still competing, Pauly was a State ASA Fastpitch Player Representative in Wisconsin and was instrumental in the formation of the Western Wisconsin ISC Travel League. He is a former ASA Men’s Fastpitch All-American.

Pauly has coached fastpitch at all levels of the game. Focusing primarily on pitching, he has coached at the 14U, 16U, 18U and 18 Gold levels of travel ball, spending many years with the nationally ranked Lil’ Saints of Phoenix, Ariz. While in Arizona, Pauly was a volunteer assistant coach in the Arizona high school ranks, leading nationally ranked programs at both Mountain Point and Desert Vista high schools in Phoenix. Upon moving to South Carolina, he coached travel ball, including helping start and coaching in the Carolina Elite organization.

Pauly has also served as the President of the Fastpitch Division of the Mountain Pointe Little League Association and the Ahwatukee Little League Association.

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