Head Softball Coach
Roger Kincaid took over as the head coach of the Georgia State softball team 10 games into the 2011 season. While leading the program, Kincaid has guided the Panthers to a record of 211-138 (.605), including a 80-49 mark (.620) in conference play. Kincaid has posted 30 or more wins in each of his first six seasons, including four with 35 or more wins.
The Panthers shattered nearly every offensive record in 2015 as GSU finished No. 42 in the RPI standings, best in school history. Kincaid saw Ivie Drake receive NFCA All-America honors, five of his student-athletes named NFCA All-Region and seven named All-Sun Belt. Drake was also named a finalist for the NFCA Freshman of the Year.
Georgia State finished with a 30-26 record in 2014, including a 12-9 mark in the Sun Belt. The Panthers finished third in the conference standings, overachieving after being picked to finish fifth by the Sun Belt coaches in GSU’s first season in the new conference. The 2014 team posted a final RPI of 64, third highest in the Sun Belt which was the fourth most difficult conference in the country.
Georgia State also picked up two road wins over top-20 ranked teams for the first time program history. The Panthers defeated No. 19 South Alabama 2-1 in Mobile, Ala. on April 19 before knocking off No. 13 Georgia 4-2 in Athens, Ga. just three days later.
GSU finished 36-19 in 2013 and had three all-region picks for the first time in school history. The high-octane Panthers also had six players earn some form of All-CAA recognition. GSU defeated No. 23 Georgia in 2013 for a third win in the past two years over a ranked team. GSU also had wins over league rival Hofstra, SEC foe Auburn and two against local rival Kennesaw State. GSU also registered a perfect game, the first by one pitcher, with a six-inning rout of Georgia Southern.
During the 2012 season, GSU softball posted the second-highest winning percentage in the program’s 28 years of competition. The .679 mark (38-18) fell only behind the winning percentage of .709 (39-16) achieved in 1993 when the Panthers won the TAAC championship.
The Panthers won their sixth conference championship and only CAA crown during the 2011 season to earn the program’s second bid in the NCAA tournament. For his efforts, Kincaid was named CAA Coach of the Year in 2011.
Georgia State earned a spot in the four-team CAA tournament in the first two years under Kincaid’s guidance, winning the conference title in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012. In 2013, GSU would have qualified but sat out all CAA tournaments during the transition season to the Sun Belt.
13 student-athletes have been named to the NFCA all-region team since 2011. In 2008, Catherine Lee became the first Panther to earn first-team honors, followed by Paige Nowacki in 2012 and Kaitlyn Medlam in 2013. McCall Langford, Callie Alford (twice) and Jessica Clifton were named to the second team. The five Panthers named all-region in 2015 was most in a single season. GSU only had two individuals make all-region teams prior to 2011.
Kincaid has overseen 33 all-conference team selections, including eight on the first team, 15 on the second-team, two on the third-team and eight on the all-freshmen team.
Kincaid took over the program on an interim basis in February 2011 after long-time head coach Bob Heck stepped down after 24 years of coaching Panther softball. Kincaid was officially promoted to permanent head coach of the program in July 2011. A member of the GSU staff since 2008, Kincaid served two-plus seasons as the team’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before his promotion.
A native of Decatur, Ga., Kincaid played football at Georgia, where he was a member of the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship team, learning from coaches such as Vince Dooley, Erk Russell and Bill Lewis. He earned his degree in business management from Georgia in 1987.
Before coming to Georgia State, Kincaid spent 12 years coaching high school and travel softball teams in the Atlanta area. He was one of the founders of the Georgia Xtreme Softball Organization, which now consists of six teams, including the Xtreme Mavericks, which Kincaid previously managed. His last stop before GSU was at Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga., where he worked under Brian DeBerry as varsity softball community coach.
Kincaid currently resides in McDonough, Ga., with his wife Becky. Daughter Karly Kincaid graduated from Georgia in the spring of 2010 and from P.A. school at Nova Southeastern in Jacksonville, Fla. with honors in 2012. She lives in Brookhaven and is working as a dermatologist P.A. Daughter Morgan Chase, a 2010 graduate of Union Grove High School, is a junior at North Georgia campus in Athens. Daughter Brittany Chase married James Logan in Oct. 2013. The couple lives in Sugar Hill and works in cosmetology.