ATLANTA – Erin Dixson is joining the Georgia State softball staff, head coach Roger Kincaid announced Friday.
“Erin will bring a passion and discipline to our pitching staff that will help develop our pitchers to that next level,” Kincaid said. “The work she did last season was impressive and she was someone I wanted for this job since Day 1. We are excited to welcome Erin to the Panther family.”
Dixson was the pitching coach at Lamar last season where she helped the Cardinals to several historic benchmarks.
Lamar’s pitching staff entered the 2019 season with little experience and a combined 4.49 ERA in the prior season. Dixson coached the staff to an ERA of 2.99 over 381.1 innings. Not only was it the second-best ERA in Lamar history, but 2019 marked the best conference ERA in school history (2.17) along with the most innings pitched in a single season. Behind the Lamar pitching staff, the Cardinals secured a postseason birth for the first time since 2017.
Dixson helped Lamar’s Julia Voluntad to the fifth best ERA in the Southland Conference in 2019 while guiding junior Erin Kyle to a 2.40 ERA and freshman Aaliyah Ruiz to a school-record 2.30 ERA.
"I am beyond excited for this opportunity that Roger [Kincaid] and Georgia State has given me. From the moment I stepped onto campus I felt that this was home and I am so excited to continue this family culture while working with the pitchers,” Dixson said. “Everyone in athletics has welcomed me with open arms, and I can't thank everyone enough for making this transition as smooth as possible."
Prior to Lamar, Dixson spent two seasons as the graduate manager of the LSU softball team, during which time the Tigers racked up 93 wins, advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2017 and 2018, and advanced to the 2017 softball College World Series. In her time under the tutelage of Coach Torina, Dixson got to work with several notable student-athletes, including Allie Walljasper, a three-time All-American and National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Softball first round draft pick, and Carley Hoover, an All-American and NPF first round draft pick.
During her time at LSU, Dixson also served as the volunteer pitching coach for Zachary High School, as a pitching instructor for the USA Elite Select 30 All-American Camp, and as a private pitching instructor.
Dixson is also an incredibly accomplished collegiate pitcher. She began her career at Northeast Mississippi Community College where she earned NJCAA Pitcher and Player of the Week honors. Dixson helped her team to runner-up and third-place regional finishes while earning First and Third-Team North Half honors. She hit .389 as a Lady Tiger while recording the highest slugging percentage, drawing the most walks, and hitting the most home runs on the team. Dixson also threw one no-hitter at NMCC.
After completing her junior college career, Dixson transferred to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she made an immediate impact, playing in all 52 games her junior season. She led the team with a .394 on-base percentage and tied for the team lead in home runs. She also led the team in the circle with 15 wins (breaking an Eckerd single-season record), 183 innings pitched, 32 appearances, and 19 complete games. Dixson ranks in the Top 10 in career innings pitched (10th, 292.1), earned run average (fourth, 2.78), strikeouts (ninth, 113), and wins (sixth, 24).
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