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Posted June 14, 2017 05:53 pm

New softball coach bringing along Armstrong assistant

Megen Conner is ready to return to where it all began. New Georgia Southern softball coach Kim Dean, who coached the Armstrong State softball team during its final season, announced Wednesday she will bring Conner, her Pirates assistant coach, along with her.

According to a statement released by Georgia Southern, Conner will serve as pitching coach for the Eagles.

Conner, who played high school softball at South Effingham, is one of the most decorated softball players in Georgia Southern history. As a player, she was listed on the roster under her maiden name, Megen Smith. She was the Eagles' team captain from 2008-2011 and was the first GS softball player to be named to an all-conference team all four years. In her junior season, Conner hit a program-record 18 home runs and notched a program-record seven saves in the circle. She finished her career hitting .286 with 29 homers with 26 wins as a pitcher.

"It's an honor to accept this position and return to Statesboro where I have so many fond memories," Conner said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to helping lead a program that I was once a part of and I'm excited for what lies ahead."

Conner started her coaching career as an assistant at East Georgia State in 2012, and she was promoted to head coach in 2013. She was hired as the assistant coach at Armstrong by former ASU head coach Ted Evans.

"I'm thrilled to have someone of Megen's caliber joining our staff," Dean said in a statement. "Megen is someone who knows the expectations and the tradition of Georgia Southern softball and knows where we want to take the program. Having worked with her last year at Armstrong State, I know she's an excellent coach and I'm excited to have her leading the pitching staff and creating a more direct link to the local softball community and our alumni base. I'm looking forward to continuing our coaching careers together as we take this next step."