|Taryn Gray - Assistant Softball Coach|
Gray will assist White in all aspects of EMCC’s coaching responsibilities, including recruiting as well as strength and conditioning supervision.
Reunited with her former Auburn University teammate after spending the past three years in the competitive Florida junior college softball ranks, Taryn Gray begins her first year as an assistant softball coach on Kyndall White’s staff at East Mississippi Community College.
Gray previously teamed with White during the 2008 and 2009 softball seasons at Auburn, jointly helping to lead AU head coach Tina Deese’s Lady Tigers to back-to-back NCAA Regional Tournament appearances. While White remained at Auburn to complete her collegiate playing days and begin her coaching career, Gray ventured to Niceville, Fla., in 2009 to join former AU assistant softball coach Jack Byerley’s staff at Northwest Florida State College.
Initially serving as a volunteer assistant coach at NWF State during the 2009-10 school year, Gray was elevated to full-time status during the summer of 2010. During Gray’s three-year association with Northwest Florida State’s tradition-rich softball program, she served as the team’s outfield coach while also assisting in hitting/slapping techniques and coordinating the team’s strength and conditioning efforts.
Dating back to the 2010 softball season, the Lady Raiders of NWF State put together a composite three-year record of 113-42 competing within the demanding Florida College System Activities Association (formerly known as the FCCAA), including a Panhandle Conference co-championship in 2011 and runner-up league finish the year prior. In 2011 during Gray’s first season in a full-time coaching capacity, Northwest Florida State hit .356 as a team with 79 stolen bases en route to posting a 41-9 overall record, 13-3 conference mark and No. 6 national ranking in the final NJCAA Division I poll. In addition, nine Lady Raider players earned all-conference honors, including four first-teamers.
All total during Gray’s three-year affiliation with Northwest Florida State’s highly acclaimed softball program, 24 all-conference honors were earned by Lady Raider standouts. Also during this span, nine NWF State players have gone on to compete collegiately at the four-year level.
As a left-handed outfielder during her collegiate days at Auburn, Gray started 167 of the 200 games in which she appeared. During her four-year career (2006-09), she helped lead the Lady Tigers to a collective mark of 130-103 with three NCAA Regional Tournament berths. Gray hit a career-best .315 as a 36-game starter during her freshman year to help lead AU to an NCAA Regional Tournament championship-game appearance. As a junior, she started all 60 games in right field and ranked third on the team with her .277 batting average.
Throughout her collegiate career with the Lady Tigers, Gray also served as an instructor during Auburn’s annual summer softball camp. Responsible for 150 campers, she helped instruct outfield defensive play and hitting drills in addition to organizing camp activities and supervising dorms.
Gray was a two-time all-state performer for head coaches Jennifer Brown and Mark Brooks at Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama. She capped her prep career as a Super 12 All-State performer in helping pace VHHS to a state runner-up finish in 2005.
With a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Auburn, Gray is the daughter of Edward and Kelly Gray. She has two sisters – Tiffany, 29, and Taylor, 27 – and two brothers – Trevor, 23, and Ben, 16.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2012 )|