Todd Downes starts his third season as a member of the Georgia State softball coaching staff during the 2014 season. Downes joined the Georgia State softball program in the fall of 2011 as an assistant coach.
GSU has posted a 74-37 record (.667) in the two seasons with Downes on the staff and has claimed three wins over top-25 ranked teams in that span. The team had a record three players earn all-region honors in 2013.
Prior to coming to Georgia State, Downes spent four years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech where he coordinated recruiting and assisted with all aspects of the program.
During his coaching tenure, the Yellow Jackets captured two ACC conference championships, made four NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the first NCAA Super Regional in school history. He coached six All-Conference selections and two Easton All-Americans.
Prior to entering the college ranks, Downes worked as a high school head coach, serving at Walton High School and Kell High School. Both schools won state titles under his guidance and Downes was named the state coach of the year in each of those seasons.
For nine years, Downes has also coached the East Cobb Bullets 18-under premier league team. The Bullets captured the ASA 18 Gold National Championship in 2010.
A Roswell, Ga. native, Downes graduated from Kennesaw State in 1988 with a bachelor’s in Health and Education and then earned a master’s in Sports Administration from Georgia in 1990. He also received an EdS in Administrative Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
Head softball coach Roger Kincaid announced the promotion of volunteer assistant Daniel Stockdale to assistant coach in June 2018.
Stockdale came on to Kincaid's staff prior to the 2018 season and became an integral part of Georgia State's late-season run to claim the No. 3 seed in the Sun Belt tournament. Stockdale began working with the Panther pitching staff midseason and helped lower the team's ERA by more than a run to 3.11 in the final 25 games of the season.
Junior pitcher Mandy Chance went 9-3 with a 2.64 ERA over that 25-game stretch.
“We are very excited about Daniel joining our staff as an assistant coach," Kincaid said. "After serving as a volunteer coach last season, I am looking forward to having him work with our pitchers and catchers full time. Daniel plans, scouts, and prepares as well as any coach that I have been around. He is a key addition to our staff and will do a great job."
Prior to GSU, Stockdale served as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers.
While at Memphis, Stockdale worked directly with catchers and infielders, and assisted with the development of hitters. In 2017, the Memphis Tigers set a school record with the second most wins in program history with 29. The Tigers also won their first-ever American Athletic Conference post-season tournament game; beating South Florida.
During the 2017 season, Memphis enjoyed a host of both team and individual accomplishments. Some accomplishments include: One All-Region Selection, highest team GPA in program history, most stolen bases in program history, and all-time single season hits record.
Prior to arriving in Memphis, Stockdale served as head baseball coach at NCAA Division II Albany State. During his time in Albany, Ga., the Golden Rams went a combined 32-12 in conference play, winning the 2015 SIAC Championship and the 2016 SIAC Regular Season Championship. ASU advanced to the 2015 NCAA DII South Regional Baseball Tournament in Meridian, Miss., for just the second time in school history.
At Albany State, Stockdale's leadership produced one ABCA/Rawlings All-American, two All-South Region members, and seven all-conference team members. The 2015 team was also ranked No. 4 overall in the NCAA for stolen bases.
Prior to Albany State, Stockdale served as an assistant baseball coach for NCAA Division I Savannah State. While at SSU, Stockdale worked directly with catchers and assisted with the development of all hitters. That team produced one ABCA/Rawlings All-American, and two all-conference players.
Stockdale has also served as the head softball coach and head baseball coach at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Ga. Additional assistant coaching and camp instruction experience for Stockdale includes Temple University, Jared Hardin Softball, and Baseball U.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Stockdale holds an M.A.T in Special Education from Augusta State University (2010), and a B.S. in Sports Administration from Reinhardt University (2006).