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GAMEDAY ETSU vs. Chattanooga / Betty Basler Field / April 2 / 2 & 4 p.m.

Brad Irwin has been at the helm of the Buccaneer Softball program for nine seasons, as he was introduced as the head coach on July 21, 2010. During his nine seasons with the Bucs, Irwin has jumped into the driver’s seat as the all-time winningest coach in program history with 164 wins, passing Andrea Roberts. In 2017, Irwin became the first coach in program history to guide the Blue & Gold to their first-ever Southern Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The 2017 Bucs finished the season 29-26, marking the highest winning percentage in program history. In addition, it was just the second winning season in program history and the 29 wins were the second-most by any Buccaneer team. The historic season saw ETSU set single-season records in batting average (.285), doubles (80), RBIs (218), walks (181), on-base percentage (.371), sacrifice flies (17) and saves (13). The Blue & Gold also went 13-5 (.722) at home, which set the single-season home win percentage record. For more on Coach Irwin, click here.

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Frank Reed is in his 20th year as head coach of the Chattanooga Mocs softball team entering 2021. Chattanooga claimed its 14th Southern Conference title and earned its 11th berth into the NCAA Tournament after finishing 37-17 in 2019. It marked Reed's ninth SoCon Tournament Championship since taking over the program in 2002. Reed has coached in the Scenic City for 30+ years, including 11 seasons at Chattanooga State. Over his 30-year career, the head coach has compiled a 1,123-528 record, considering collegiate and junior college records, including a 648-442 mark at UTC. 2019 proved to be another historic year for the prestigious UTC softball program. The Mocs tied its best start to a season in program history, racing out to a 13-1 start over the first 14 games. They continued the winning trend throughout the regular season, finishing 33-14 overall and 11-7 in league play ahead of the SoCon Tournament. Reed earned his 1,100th career collegiate coaching victory on March 15 behind an 8-1 win over LIU Brooklyn in Clearwater, Fla. For more on Coach Reed, click here.

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Celebrate with us the 100-year anniversary of the Southern Conference