Georgia College soccer head coach Tinna Gallagher announced a pair of assistant coaches added to the staff for the upcoming season. Dr. Joanne Spalding will serve as assistant coach, while Lindsey Bolas was named Graduate Assistant Coach.
Spalding joins the Bobcats after working at Division I East Tennessee State University as an assistant coach for eight seasons. In her first season at ETSU, Spalding helped the Bucs to a 15-6 overall record including a 9-2 record in conference play. The 15 wins were the most in program history. Spalding assisted the Bucs offense that led the NCAA in scoring, goals and assists.
“Coach Spalding has great coaching experience, at all levels, as well as great knowledge of exercise science/human performance which will benefit our program tremendously,” said Gallagher. “She will bring quality and experience not only as a great player during her collegiate and international careers, but also as a very good coach. I am thrilled that she is going to be our assistant coach and be a part of our program!”
Prior to her time at ETSU, she was an assistant at Averett University from 2008-13. Spalding helped lead the Cougars to four consecutive seasons of 12 or more victories (2010-13). In 2010, Averett won a program-best 13 matches en route to advancing to the program's first ever USA South Conference Tournament championship game appearance. In 2012, Spalding was an integral part of Averett's first ever USA South Conference title, helping guide the Cougars to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
A native of Erskine, Scotland, Spalding graduated with honors from Northeastern State University (Okla.) in 2008 with a degree in health and human performance, and a minor in psychology. Spalding earned her master of business degree from Averett in 2010 and a PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance at ETSU in 2020. Spalding enjoyed a successful playing career while at NSU, starting all four years, in addition to serving as team captain for two seasons. Prior to attending NSU, Spalding attended the National Women's Football Academy in Durham, England.
A native of Troy, Michigan, Bolas comes to Milledgeville as a recent graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She spent four seasons with the Stormy Petrels, earning All-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Honorable Mention in both 2017 and 2019 as a goalkeeper. A well-rounded student-athlete, she was a two-time SAA Scholar Athlete and a member of the 2018 SAA All-Sportsmanship Team.
“I am so excited and happy that Lindsey is going to be our graduate assistant,” said Gallagher. “She is a hard worker, ambitious, very organized and is such a nice person who will fit right in with our team. I am also super excited that she will be assisting with goalkeeper training, which is going to not only benefit Kate and Annie, but our whole team. Lindsey is a great addition to our coaching staff!”
Bolas picked up a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Oglethorpe, and will pursue a Master’s in Public Administration at GC.
The 2021 edition of Bobcat soccer gets underway Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m., playing host to Spring Hill College.