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A Letter from the Athletic Director Dear Bobcat Nation, Thank you for your continued support of Georgia College Athletics and each of our outstanding student-athletes. We hope you enjoy our inaugural annual report that focuses on our three primary areas of emphasis: achieving our best academically, socially and athletically. Our student-athletes had another outstanding year in all facets. Of special note, GC Golfer Matthew Yonz was recognized at the 2011 Commencement as the recipient of the Academic Recognition Day student. Based on scholastic achievement, this honor is awarded to a single student from each institution from the University System of Georgia. Once again, we placed amongst the leaders in having representation on the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll as over 55% of our student-athletes posted 3.0 or higher Grade Point Averages. Additionally, we started a new Faculty Associates program where a faculty member is assigned to each team, creating even greater interaction between the academic and athletic communities. Our student-athletes were outstanding socially as we place emphasis on community engagement. Of the many highlights, our women's soccer team led a Valentine's Day Clinic that teamed parents and children learning together. Our baseball program hosted a Halloween themed game, complete with a costume contest with the players and fans. Once again, we placed in the upper division of the Peach Belt Commissioner's Cup. Six programs competed in NCAA post season play, including women's basketball who were champions of the PBC Tournament. Women's tennis (17 consecutive years) and men's golf (13 consecutive years) added to their long-running streaks of post-season play. Our strong ties with our student body created some of the best events on campus. The Thunder Crew, GC's student leaders of Bobcat pride, provided gameday signage, tailgating opportunities at multiple contests and helped create an outstanding game environment. We saw increased attendance at contests and our fans enjoyed a fun and family-friendly atmosphere, complete with giveaways and contests. We also placed greater emphasis on social networking and media relations in an effort to better communicate and showcase our outstanding student-athletes and coaches. Postgame interviews and various features are placed on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From an external funds standpoint, we had another successful Sodexo Bobcat Classic Golf Tournament and GC Athletic Auction and Reverse Raffle. Additionally, our Bobcat Club membership and funds raised both increased, thanks to your support and generosity. During some of the most stressful economic times we have known, your support is appreciated more than ever. We look forward to another outstanding year academically, socially and athletically. Thank you for your continued support of our programs. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon. Sincerely, Wendell Staton Director of Athletics


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men’s Cross Country fourth in pbc, Ninth in southeast region

Bobcat menʼs cross country battled injuries and illnesses throughout the 2010 season, and still managed to pull together for solid finishes throughout the year. Georgia College took fourth-place at the PBC Championships and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

Junior Daniel Horseman led the team at six of the eight races for the season, including All-PBC Second Team honors for finishing eighth overall at 26:18 for the 8K race. Horseman is just the seventh Bobcat menʼs runner to earn All-PBC status. The junior had a breakthrough year, snapping both the 8K and 10K school records. Horsemanʼs individual title at the ASU TriMeet earned him the 8K mark at 26:11 and led the Bobcats to a team title. A 32:51 at the NCAA Southeast Regional snapped a three-year old 10K mark and earned him the 25th spot in the race.

Horseman, Nick Widener and Erik Ottoson earned spots on the PBC AllAcademic Team. Putting three on the conference academic team gave GC the most of any school.

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woMen’s cross country Sixth in peach belt

Bobcat womenʼs cross country had a great start to the 2010 campaign, finishing in the top three in their first six races. Armed with some experienced runners led by an impact freshman in Allison Lones, the Bobcats took sixth at the PBC Championships, adding a top-10 finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional, at ninth.

Lones became the first freshman to earn All-PBC status in school history, taking a spot on the second team with a 12th place finish (25:30) at the PBC Championships. Lones led GC in the final six races of the season, including a third-place finish at the YHC Invitational in 21:14. Lones snapped both the 5K and 6K school records in her rookie season, her 19:13 at the ASU Tri-Meet breaking an eight-year old record by 31 seconds. Junior Karissa Ekstrom also broke the old record at the race, finishing behind Lones by 27 ticks.

The 6K mark fell at the NCAA Southeast Regional, as Lones and Ekstrom repeated the 5K feat, both breaking the old record of 24:13 set in 2008. Lones finished in 24 seconds flat, while Ekstrom was just three seconds back this time.

Senior Dani Destiche earned USTFCCCA National All-Academic status to go with her PBC All-Academic award. Destiche owned a 3.61 GPA in outdoor education. Destiche was joined by juniors Victoria Dobson and Sarah Balkcom on the PBCʼs academic list. 3


Women’s Soccer 7-7-3, 4-4-2 Peach Belt [Fifth]

Bobcat soccer fought to a 7-7-3 overall record, taking fifth in the PBC at 44-2 in league play. The season did end the three-year stretch of double digit wins for Georgia College, but continued a four-year run without a losing record.

Junior Karen Bonilla, was recognized for her efforts in the midfield, being chosen to the All-PBC Second Team. Bonilla joins an elite group, becoming the sixth Bobcat soccer player all-time to make the All-PBC Team more than once.

Jessica Binkowski, Mary Rob Plunkett and Ally Treat all earn slots on the PBC All-Academic Team. For all three, it was the second time receiving this academic honor. Binkowski and Treat also took spots on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams as well.

The season was highlighted by a pair of wins over nationally-ranked squads, including the highest-ranked upset in program history. GCʼs first ranked victory came over No. 12 Florida Tech, as a second-half goal by senior Ally Treat made the difference in a 1-0 ballgame. The victory over No. 8 Armstrong was the biggest win of the season, and one of the biggest in program history. GC had never beaten the Pirates prior in womenʼs soccer, and with AASU coming in as No. 8, it was also the highest-ranked team Bobcat soccer had ever beaten. 4


women’s basketball 22-7, 11-6 Peach belt [SEcond in pbc west]

The Bobcat womenʼs basketball team capped an outstanding 2010-11 season with the Peach Beltʼs automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament via a magical run to the PBC Tournament Championship. The tournament title was the fifth in school history, but the first under first-year head coach Maurice Smith. Smith became the only first-year head coach in conference history to take the womenʼs basketball tournament title. The Bobcats earned the programs seventh berth in the NCAA Tournament, and the first since 2007.

GC finished 22-7, the eighth 20-win season in program history, as the Bobcat took second in the PBC West Division at 11-6.

The squad was led by Chimere Jordan at 21.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Jordan was chosen to the Daktronics All-America Third Team, just the second All-American in school history. Joining Jordan on the All-PBC Team was another senior guard in Dominique Huffin (12.3ppg, 4.6rpg). The pairing averaged over half of the teamʼs points per game. Huffin also earned a spot on the PBC All-Academic Team for the secondstraight season thanks to a 3.40 GPA in health education.

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men’s basketball 16-10, 10-7 Peach belt [fourth in pbc west}

The 2010-11 season featured a pair of huge milestones for head coach Terry Sellers, as the Bobcat coaching legend won his 300th game on the Georgia College sideline Nov. 19 against Carson-Newman, then added his 500th career victory eight days later against North Alabama. The 300 milestone came with a near-perfect defensive effort, clubbing the Eagles 6030. The 500th career victory came at the University of Montevallo, a spot where Sellers spent five years as a young assistant coach in the late 70s.

The Bobcats finished 16-10 with a 10-7 conference mark, good for a tie for second in the PBC West. The Bobcats finished strong, winning seven of their last nine games. Both losses came at eventual NCAA Tournament participant Montevallo, the second defeat coming in the quarterfinal round of the PBC Tournament.

The biggest victory of that seven came in the inaugural “Battle of the Cats” rivalry game with Augusta State. Senior center Reece Wiedeman powered the team with a dominating 25-point performance, giving GC a 73-69 win over the No. 7 team in the country.

Wiedeman was rewarded for that contest and his season with All-PBC honors, earning a slot on the second team. Senior forward Josh Hurst took his regular spot on the PBC All-Academic Team, thanks to a 3.32 GPA in marketing. Hurst was a three-time recipient of the honor in his career. 6


baseball 35-17, 15-9 peach belt [SEcond in pbc west]

The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats found their identity quickly through seniors Shawn Ward and Richard Pirkle, as well as transfer Tanner Funk. Ward始s .398 average, seven home runs and whopping 61 RBI helped the senior rightfielder gain regional and national notoriety, sharing Co-PBC Player of the Year honors, All-America status and a spot as a Tino Martinez Award Division II Player of the Year Semifinalist.

Pirkle was an all-conference and All-Southeast Region honoree, hitting .301 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI. The senior catcher was picked up in the 35th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Funk wowed Bobcat fans all year with his penchant for the extra-base hit, finishing with a .392 average and 54 RBI with 20 doubles. Funk was named an All-American in all three organizations that pick a Division II national team, the only Bobcat to do so.

Joining this trio with both All-PBC and All-Southeast Region honors was another newcomer in lefty starter Mike Guinane. The sophomore was a proven winner, going 9-1 with a 3.84 ERA and 64 strikeouts over 91 1/3 innings.

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golf fourth in Peach belt

The Bobcat golf program had another outstanding season, dominating the regular season and earning All-America honors for seniors Joe Young and Billy Shida. Young was a second-team honoree, while Shida took a spot as an Honorable Mention. GC had three golfers in the top-10 in stroke average in the Peach Belt, and as a result put four of the five starters on the AllPBC Team. Young, Shida and Patrick Garrett all earned slots on the first team. Shida was named PBC Player of the Year, the fourth GC golfer to take the title. The talented senior nabbed seven top-10 finishes, including an individual title at the Matlock Collegiate Classic in Lakeland, Fla. Feb. 14-15. Head coach Jimmy Wilson won the PBC Coach of the Year trophy, the third in his career.

Bobcat golf took fourth in a tough PBC Championship field, and added a sixth-place finish at the NCAA South/Southeast SuperRegional, the school始s 14th straight appearance in that tournament. Senior Matthew Yonz raked in the academic honors, having the distinction as the first Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in the golf program始s history. Yonz was also given the University始s highest academic honor, named the 2011 Academic Recognition Day student for Georgia College. This accolade is awarded to a single senior student from each of the University System of Georgia universities and colleges based on scholastic achievement. Yonz and Garrett also made the PBC All-Academic Team. 8


softball 15-35, 9-11 peach belt [SEventh in pbc]

The Bobcats had a strong finish to a sub-par season in 2011, winning three of their last four to get into the PBC playoffs, then upsetting No. 3-seed Columbus State University in the first round. Georgia College finished 1535, but won nine league games, good enough to tie for sixth in the PBC Standings.

In the opening round of the PBC Tournament, Sabrina Chandler tossed an absolute gem, holding No. 3-seed CSU to just a single run on four hits, while not walking a single batter in the complete game. All-PBC catcher Anna Parker drove in two runs thanks to a double to right center in the fifth, at the time giving GC a 2-1 lead. The Bobcats battled Armstrong Atlantic State University to a 4-2 loss and then ended their season with a loss to Augusta State University.

The 'Cats had three All-PBC honorees, as designated player Haley Burnett (.385, 9 HR, 37 RBI) was a first team selection, joined by Parker (.328, 7 HR, 31 RBI) and freshman centerfielder Whitney Okvist (.345, 38 R, 24 SB) on the second team. Burnett始s accolades didn始t end there, as she earned a spot on the Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team at DP. Parker, utility player Caitlin Duvall and infielder Bailey Thompson all took spots on the PBC All-Academic Team as well.

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Mens tennis 14-9, 4-5 Peach belt [fifth in pbc]

The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, making fivestraight appearances in that regional tourney. The GC men were 14-9, taking sixth in the PBC at 4-5 in conference play. Singles stars Jerome Leborgne and Johan Wadstein both earned spots on the All-PBC Second Team, with Leborgne going 12-10 and Wadstein 12-7 in singles action in the spring. Junior Leo Bernardes posted the team始s best singles mark at 13-7, while the top doubles entry for GC was Wadstein and Leborgne at 14-8. Leborgne also joined Bobby Angelucci on the PBC AllAcademic Team.

The Bobcats picked up wins over three top-25 schools, including a 6-3 victory over No. 12 Drury in non-conference action. Georgia College finished the season at No. 19 in the country and No. 7 in the Southeast Region, according to the ITA. Leborgne was the country始s No. 61 singles player, while Wadstein came in at No. 63. The doubles pairing was No. 14 in the nation.

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women’s tennis 16-9, 8-4 peach belt [fifth pbc]

Bobcat womenʼs tennis rebounded from a .500 season a year ago to go 16-9, including an 8-4 mark in PBC play, good for fifth place in the league. The Bobcats earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to NCAA postseason play for the 17th straight season.

Senior Bertille Lion was twice honored by the Peach Belt, earning a spot on the All-PBC Second Team in singles and joining Kayla Barksdale for second-team doubles honors as well. Lion was 11-12 in singles action, all in the first slot, including an impressive 5-5 mark in conference play. As a pairing, Lion and Barksdale were 15-7, holding a 6-5 league record. Michelle Lingner and Kim Lochner were both honorable mentions to the PBC AllAcademic Team.

The Bobcats picked up a pair of wins over nationally-ranked schools, including a 5-4 victory over No. 10 Flagler in conference action. Georgia College finished the season at No. 17 in the country and No. 5 in the Southeast Region, according to the ITA. Lion and Barksdale were No. 24 in the country as a doubles pairing, taking sixth in the region poll.

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Peach belt all-conference team First team player

year

sport

Tanner Funk

junior

baseball

shawn ward

senior

baseball

patrick garrett

sophomore

joe young

senior

richard pirkle chimere jordan

senior

baseball

senior

women’s basketball

senior

golf

haley burnett

junior

softball

player

year

sport

billy shida

second team mike guinane

sophomore

dominique huffin

senior

reece wiedeman

daniel horseman allison lones

senior

junior

jerome leborgne johan wadstein

men’s cross country

women’s soccer

junior

bertille lion/kayla barksdale

women’s basketball

junior

anna parker bertille lion

baseball

men’s basketball

women’s cross country

freshman

whitney okvist

golf

freshman

gavin harper

karen bonilla

golf

freshman senior

senior/sophomore junior

sophomore

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golf

softball

softball

women’s tennis women’s tennis men’s tennis

men’s tennis


academic honors The honor roll is divided into four groups: Presidential Scholars, Bronze Scholars, Silver Scholars and Gold Scholars. All student-athletes with a GPA from 3.0 to 3.24 are Presidential Scholars while Bronze Scholars are 3.25 to 3.49; Silver 3.50 to 3.74 and Gold Scholars are those with a 3.75 to 4.00. A list of the student-athletes honored by the Peach Belt Conference:

Baseball (13): Gold Scholars: John Welborn; Silver Scholars: Taylor Hart; Bronze Scholars: Benton Yaun, Daniel Bick, Taylor Greene, Eric Pettepher, Heine Rivera; Presidential Scholars: Shawn Haley, Billy Henley , Michael Jeanes, Richard Pirkle, Matthew Robinson, Joe Scott

Women始s Basketball (6): Gold Scholars: Ashleigh Fox; Silver Scholars: Tammeshia Law; Bronze Scholars: Jessica Baker; Presidential Scholars: Dominique Huffin, Kaila Parham, Huguette Yanga Men始s Basketball (4): Presidential Scholar: Ryan Aquino, Mike Augustine, Jordan Grant, Josh Hurst

Women始s Cross Country (10): Gold Scholars: Victoria Dobson, Ashton Passino; Silver Scholars: Sarah Balkcom, Dani Destiche, Madeline McCane, Emily Stancil, Alex Taylor; Bronze Scholars: Andrea Byrnes, Allison Lones, Sarah Ortman

Men始s Cross Country (9): Gold Scholars: Daniel Horseman, Philip Laskey, Erik Ottoson; Silver Scholars: Tim Cary; Bronze Scholars: Tucker Forbes, Tyler Mattix, Nick Widener; Presidential Scholars: Michael Heuett , James Watters

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academic honors Golf (9): Gold Scholars: Matthew Yonz; Silver Scholars: Victor Monte; Bronze Scholars: Patrick Garrett; Presidential Scholars: Bayley Craig , Brantley Patton, Billy Shida, Taylor Smith, Tyler Tucker, Joe Young

Soccer (18): Gold Scholars: Jessica Binkowski, Kayla Emerson, Alex Knight, Kelli McLane, Jessica Newland, Ally Treat; Silver Scholars: Mary Rob Plunkett, Anna Wierzbicki, Taylor Yee; Bronze Scholars: Stephanie Andino, Anna Barrow, Brittaney Borror, Tawny Moffat, Haley O始Hayer; Presidential Scholars: Karen Bonilla, Olivia Holden, Taylor Mulryan, Amanda Veillon

Softball (13): Gold Scholars: Bailey Thompson, Corby Holmes; Silver Scholars: Alex Duvall, Anna Parker, Lauren Potts; Bronze Scholars: Sabrina Chandler, Maggie Davis, Caitlin Duvall, Chelsea Huffman; Presidential Scholars: Kali Carswell, Brandie Monroe, Kati Pickowitz, Jessica Solomon Women始s Tennis (4): Gold Scholars: Kim Lochner, May Johnson; Silver Scholars: Michelle Lingner, Tracy Bain

Men始s Tennis (4): Gold Scholars: Jerome Leborgne; Silver Scholars: Bobby Angelucci; Bronze Scholars: Tobias Rausch; Presidential Scholars: Tyler Franks

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academic honors GC had an impressive four teams compile GPAs over 3.0, with womenʼs cross country earning the highest among all teams women’s cross country 3.34 gpa

women’s tennis 3.10 gpa soccer

3.06 gpa softball 3.06 gpa

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Peach belt all-academic team player

michelle lingner kim lochner

robert angelucci jerome leborgne

year

Sophomore

sophomore junior

junior

sport

gpa

w. tennis

3.55

w. tennis m. tennis

3.88

softball

3.42

senior

baseball

3.11

senior

golf

junior

softball

bailey thompson

senior

softball

ryan parson

junior

pat garrett

sophomore

dominique huffin

senior

matthew yonz

political science

4.0

athletic training

psychology psychology

3.40

health education

m. basketball

3.32

marketing

soccer

3.63

management

jessica binkowski

senior

soccer

ally treat

senior

senior

business admin

3.75

w. basketball

w. basketball

mary rob plunkett

mathematics

3.64

sophomore senior

Pre-nursing

management

golf

kaila parham josh hurst

3.65

m. tennis

caitlin duvall anna parker

3.61

major

soccer

3.96

3.62 3.96 3.91

biology

chemistry undecided biology

biology

daniel horseman

junior

m. cross country

3.72

outdoor education

nick widener

sophomore

m. cross country

3.45

mass comm

dani destiche

senior

w. cross country

3.63

erik ottoson

sarah balkcom victoria dobson

senior

junior

junior

m. cross country

w. cross country

w. cross country

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3.37

3.37

3.64

management

health education

outdoor education english


2011 Graduates player

Richard Pirkle ryan parson billy henley josh hurst

mandi dudish

sport

major

baseball

management

baseball

psychology

baseball

men’s basketball

mathematics

management

women’s basketball

business administration

alex taylor

women’s cross country

mass communication

matthew yonz

golf

chemistry

erik ottoson billy shida

men’s cross country golf

mary rob plunkett

women’s soccer

kelli mclane

women’s soccer

jessica newland

management accounting

management

women’s soccer

mass communication

kayla emerson

women’s soccer

health education

jessica binkowski

women’s soccer

biology

brandie monroe

softball

ally treat

bailey thompson jerome leborgne

women’s soccer

psychology biology

softball

athletic training

men’s tennis

business administration

management

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Matthew yonz: A true student-athlete Matthew Yonz has been a regular starter for the Bobcat golf team, but it was his efforts in the classroom over his four seasons that have earned him the highest academic honor a Georgia College senior can receive.

Yonz was announced as the 2011 Academic Recognition Day student for Georgia College, an honor awarded to a single student from each of the University System of Georgia universities and colleges based on scholastic achievement.

“Matthew represents everything that is good about college athletics,” said GC Athletic Director Wendell Staton. “Not only is he is an outstanding student and a starter on one of the best golf programs in the country, Matthew is an even better person. He has a tremendous work ethic in all areas and he truly represents the ʻlife in the balanceʼ theme that is at the cornerstone of NCAA Division II. He will have great success in his career and we are proud to have him in the Bobcat family.”

Nominees were required to be an undergraduate resident of Georgia and have completed 75 hours with a GPA of or near 4.0. Yonz completed his degree in chemistry with a minor in math.

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community engagement e Softball Rings th Bell for The Salvation Army

: From left to right , Chelsie Huffman Kelly Miller, r, Mandy Chandle Anna Parker

Baseball holds th eir Annual Hallowee n on the Hill even t for the children of Milledgeville, Ga.

Men’s basketball player Josh Hurst reads to the children at Blandy Elementary 19


community engagement Director of Athletics Wendell Staton helps freshmen move in to their new dorms

Head baseball coach Tom Carty with a pair of youngsters for Miracle League Day at John Kurtz Field

- Georgia College athletics makes a valiant effort to give back to the Milledgeville and Central Georgia community

-Some examples include: -Men始s Basketball Reading at Creekside Elementary -Valetine始s Day Youth Soccer Clinic -Halloween on the Hill (Baseball) -Miracle League Day at the baseball field -Various Breast Cancer Awareness events -Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army (Softball) -March of Dimes Night (Basketball) -PAWS for a Cause -Bake Sale at Creekside Elementary (Tennis) -Early Learning Center (Women始s Basketball) -Freshman Move-In Day Help (Soccer)

-These are just a few steps to help ensure that Georgia College athletics is doing their part to help make Milledgeville and Central Georgia a wonderful place to live! 20


community engagement Tennis helps with bake sale at entary Creekside Elem ic s Day Youth Clin Soccer Valentine’

Head women’s basketball coach Maurice Smith ha s some fun at the youth camp

Eggstavaganza Baseball Easter

Richard Pirkle helps out with Day Miracle League ld at John Kurtz Fie 21

Soccer moves so me new freshmen into th eir dorms


paws for a cause The Georgia College Athletics Department joined with the GIVE Center on the GC campus to hold the first annual “Paws For a Cause” event as part of Homecoming week at the Centennial Center parking lot.

Groups, clubs and organizations paid $36 apiece for five-foot paws that could be decorated in the Centennial Center parking lot. Approximately $1000 was generated with all proceeds going to the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. “I canʼt thank everyone enough for the fantastic turnout at Paws for a Cause,” said Athletic Director Wendell Staton, “I had nothing but positive comments from the participants and the artwork is incredible! All credit goes to the outstanding students, faculty and staff of GC for this great community-engagement project.” Alpha Delta Pi were the winners of the decorating contest which included 28 separate paws.

“I want to thank everyone that contributed from the bottom of my heart. We just gave 28 children books for a year!” said Kendall Stiles.

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social media Georgia College remains one of the leaders in the social media world. In an effort to garner more notoriety when rebranding, GC launched a campaign to gain 2011 likes of the facebook page before 2011 which turned out to be very successful GC placed a new emphasis on video and grabbed nearly 6,000 views over the 2010-11 school year

Web traffic also continues to climb with 16.4 million hits last year, including an average of over 6,000 unique users per month Find your favorite GC sports on facebook at facebook.com/GCBobcats

Get up-to-the-minute news on all gc sports by following the bobcats on twitter @BobcatSports

Watch highlights, recaps and much more about bobcat athletics on youtube at www.youtube.com/gcsubobcatsid

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facilities Georgia College is home to some of the best facilities and fields in the southeast In an effort to remain amongst the elite, GC has recently improved a number of facilities

Centennial Tennis Complex

Centennial Center

These advancements include: -Resurfacing of tennis courts -Regrading of baseball infield -Baseball halo around home -New stadium seating at softball and soccer -New signage and banners throughout Centennial

26,704 fans attended Bobcat home games during the 2010-11 year, up 7.3% from the previous year despite hosting less events

Soccer saw the biggest increase, up 18% from 2009-10

The Peeler Complex

John Kurtz Field 24

Baseball : John Kurtz Field Basketball : Centennial Center Cross Country : West Campus Soccer : Bobcat Field Softball : Peeler Complex Tennis : Centennial Complex


summer camps Georgia College offers a variety of camps that bring youth from Baldwin County, Middle Georgia and the entire state to the Milledgeville campus

The camps serve as an excellent opportunity for community involvement, providing youth with a fun-filled, learning experience GC Bobcat athletics has youth camps available in the following sports: -Baseball -Boy始s Basketball -Girl始s Basketball -Soccer -Tennis -Softball

For more information

visit www.GCSportsCamps.com

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athletic auction

The Georgia College Athletic Auction brings together Bobcat supporters throughout Middle Georgia

The 13th Annual Athletic Auction was attended by over 300 supporters. Funds directly impact scholarships and capital projects Raffles, prizes and drawings lead to a fun-filled night with Bobcat family and friends

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Sodexo golf tournament

The Annual Sodexo Bobcat Classic Golf Tournament is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for GC athletics Held at the beautiful Harbor Club in Greensboro, Ga., Bobcat Nation comes together for a day filled with fun, prizes and golf

Proceeds from the golf tournament directly benefit student-athlete scholarships and capital projects

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ncaa division II athletics During the 2010-11 school year, GC put an impressive 60 percent of competing teams into NCAA postseason action

DII Positioning Statement

Higher education has lasting importance on an individualʼs future success. For this reason, the emphasis for the student-athlete experience in Division II is a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. The Division II approach provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletic competition and development of positive societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes a path to graduation while cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.

men’s cross country

women’s cross country Men’s tennis

women’s tennis golf

women’s basketball

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peach belt conference Georgia College is a charter memberof the Peach Belt Conference, which is entering its 22nd year of existence in 2011-12. It has become one of the elite Division II conferences in the nation. Since its inception in 1990-91, the Peach Belt has developed a consistent history of excellence which continues to this day with 30 national championships and 27 national finalists.

The conference currently holds championships in 13 sports, six for men and seven for women. They are menʼs and womenʼs cross country, menʼs and womenʼs soccer, volleyball, menʼs and womenʼs basketball, menʼs and womenʼs tennis, baseball, softball and menʼs and womenʼs golf.

georgia col lege commissioner cup finish es

georgia college peach belt championships Sport

Baseball

Men’s basketball

year

Women’s tennis men’s tennis

2010-11

4th

2009-10

‘92,’96

2007-08

5th

‘99,’03

2005-06

5th

2008-09

‘00, ‘10

2006-07

‘09

1st 1st

5th

2004-05

8th

2002-03

6th

2003-04

29

finish

‘06,‘07,‘10

‘97,‘99,‘00,‘06

Women’s basketball

golf

year

5th



2010-11 Annual Report