DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Georgia College baseball’s interim head coach Kane Keith has announced his departure to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) rival University of North Georgia, accepting an assistant coaching position with the Nighthawks.
“My time at Georgia College has been very special,” said Keith. “I can't thank (Director of Athletics) Wendell Staton enough for the opportunity he afforded me here at GC. This is a special place with special people. The experience that I have had as a student-athlete and coach here has given me memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. I have had the opportunity to be surrounded by many high-character individuals and am extremely grateful for the impact they have had on me. The family environment exemplified here is something I will carry with me throughout my future endeavors. Please know that I wish GC Baseball nothing but the best of luck moving forward.”
Keith had spent three seasons on the coaching staff for GC baseball, primarily working with the pitchers. He was named interim head coach in June.
Keith made an impact with the pitching staff, as 2020 was shaping up to be one of the top seasons on the mound in Bobcat history. GC went 13-2 in the virus-shortened effort, boasting a 3.84 ERA, the best team average since 2007. He was also working closely with the pitchers for the stellar 2018 season for Charlie Hecht, who dealt his way to All-America, Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Pitcher of the Year, and Region Pitcher of the Year honors.
A Bobcat alum as a pitcher himself, Keith was a two-time PBC Scholar-Athlete, going 5-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his senior season. The lefty tossed a seven-inning gem in the 2017 PBC Championship game, a 6-5 win over UNC Pembroke. During Keith’s five seasons with the Bobcat Baseball program, GC won the PBC Regular-Season title once, and the PBC Tournament two times.
“I am grateful for Kane Keith and his outstanding leadership during this interim timeframe,” said Staton. “Kane has made such a positive impact on our student-athletes, our staff, and on Georgia College. He cares so much about the student-athletes and impacting their lives in a positive manner, and he lives this each day with his actions. These aren’t just words for Kane, it is his life’s calling and he excels in helping others grow. Kane is part of the Georgia College DNA and his imprint is all over this program as he developed such meaningful and authentic relationships that will continue to carry our program moving forward as we provide an outstanding student-athlete experience. Success awaits Kane at every turn and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues his growth.”
Due to the financial concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is restricting new hires only to essential personnel at this time. A formal nationwide search will be conducted once this hiring freeze has been lifted.
In the meantime, long-time Bobcat Assistant Athletic Director Steve Barsby will oversee the program in an administrative role.