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Marty McDaniel joining Georgia Tech as assistant coach

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Marty McDaniel will be named the new assistant coach at Georgia Tech, sources confirmed to JWOS on Wednesday.

McDaniel is expected to work with the Yellow Jackets’ pitching staff, and joins the program after departing the Tennessee coaching staff earlier this summer.

During his 16-year tenure on Rocky Top, McDaniel guided the Lady Vols’ pitching staff to unprecedented heights. Under his tutelage, the Lady Vols’ pitching staff set a national record for shutouts with 51 during the 2005 season, and earned more than 700 wins. He was part of the Tennessee coaching staff that helped the program become the first SEC team to reach the Women’s College World Series championship series in 2007. Just a handful of the pitchers to come from under McDaniel’s tutelage include softball legend Monica Abbott; sisters Ivy and Ellen Renfroe; and current and former Division I coaches Megan Rhodes Smith and Cat Hosfield.

Prior to his lengthy tenure at Tennessee, McDaniel was the head coach at Division II Armstrong Atlantic State from 1998-2004. In 2008, he was inducted onto the Armstrong Atlantic softball program’s Wall of Fame. He also spent two years on Ralph Weekly’s coaching staff at Chattanooga from 1996-97.

At Georgia Tech, McDaniel will shepherd a pitching staff that collected a staff ERA of 3.32 and an opponent’s batting average of .255 during the shortened 2020 season. Blake Neleman, who led the team in innings on the year, also led eligible pitchers with a 1.45 ERA and 77 strikeouts during the campaign. The Yellow Jackets finished the abbreviated year with a 12-11 overall record, including a 2-1 conference mark.

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