July 16, 2004
Americus - Bryan McLain is now at the helm of the Georgia Southwestern and State University baseball team after eight years serving as assistant coach.
Barry Davis resigned as head coach after four years to take the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Rider University in Lawrenceville N.J.
McLain was named interim head coach for the 2004-2005 season by Athletic Director Randolph Barksdale.
“We’re fortunate to have a guy who’s been here and learned under two successful head coaches. We’re going to put him up to the plate.” says Barksdale.
“I’m excited about working with the guys who are returning and the recruits. Right now I’ve been trying to call all the players, and so far I’ve gotten a good response.” said McLain.
McLain joined GSW as a graduate assistant in 1996 after playing baseball for South Georgia College and earning All-American honors at West Georgia.
He became a full-time assistant in 1998 and has served in that capacity ever since.
Since McLain has become a part of the Hurricane program the team has had several strong seasons, being contenders for the Georgia/Alabama/Carolina Conference as well as NAIA national tournament bids.
Coach Davis is returning to New Jersey where he won four NJCAA III national championships at Gloucester Community College.
His record at GSW was 137-87 and the Hurricanes won the GACC regular season title in 2002.