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Local Roundup: GSU softball coach resigns
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Maggie Johnson - photo by Georgia Southern AMR

    Georgia Southern Athletics Director Sam Baker has accepted a letter of resignation from head softball coach Maggie Johnson following three years of service to the University. Johnson led the Eagles to an 87-80 overall record and was the fastest coach in Eagle Softball history to reach 50 wins.
    “Maggie did an outstanding job to re-energize the Softball program here at Georgia Southern,” said Baker. “Her team's solid play on the field has made softball a fan-favorite sport here in Statesboro. We certainly wish her the best in her future endeavors”
    Assistant Coach Liz Beirne will serve as Interim Head Coach while a national search is conducted to find a new Head Coach.
    "I value my time at Georgia Southern and I appreciate the opportunity I have been given over the past three years,” said Johnson. “There's nothing like being a Georgia Southern Eagle. The athletics department and university have been nothing but supportive of our program. I wish great success to the softball program and to the Eagle athletic department in the future. The experience here has helped me to grow as a person and as a coach, and I will be forever grateful for the experience."

Former Lady Eagle hired at C of C
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former Georgia Southern women's basketball player Ashley Melson has been named Director of Basketball Operations at the College of Charleston. The former Eagle played from 2006-09 for Head Coach Rusty Cram in Statesboro and spent last year as an assistant coach at East Georgia College in Swainsboro.
    One of eighteen Lady Eagles to score more than 1,000 points in GSU history,   Melson finished her career with 1,094 career points. At East Georgia College she helped lead a first-year program to a winning record.

Teaford back in Majors
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georgia Southern baseball alum Everett Teaford was recently promoted to the Major Leagues' Kansas City Royals for the third time in his rookie season.
    The former Eagle appeared in 17 games with a 2.25 ERA earlier this year.
    He was promoted from AAA on August 2nd after Kyle Davies was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 1st.
    A two-time All-Southern Conference First Team selection, Teaford ranks eighth all-time at Georgia Southern with 26 career victories.
    In his final season with the Eagles in 2006, he went 10-4 with a 3.96 ERA. Teaford started 16 games that season, threw four complete games and held opposing hitters to a .244 batting average.