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New coach Janelle Breneman leads UNCG Softball to a stellar 15-2 start

030613Spotlight_BrenemanCoach Janelle Breneman thought last Sunday’s doubleheader against Monmouth and UVa would be hard-fought – and it was. “I thought this would be a really good test for us, to test our toughness and test our fight,” she said.

Fact is, she’s been talking about their fight since the season opened.

They started the season by winning three on the road. She noted that opening weekend they were down in 2 of the 3 games – but they stayed focused and aggressive. In an interview at the end of that weekend – at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo95Kusbmbc – she said, “I was proud of our fight and how we came back and put runs on the board. Being down didn’t affect our presence and our approach. The kids came out fighting during that deficit and came out on top. I’m proud of their fight and what they brought to the game all three games.”

And the team’s run – and their fight – has continued.

In their most recent game – a 2-1 victory over the ACC’s Virginia – they were down early by one run. But Freshman Lindsay Thomas, their top home run hitter, blasted one to tie it up. And in the bottom of the final inning, a long ball to the fence by senior Eileen Horsmon drove in the winning run as the team (and the crowd) erupted in celebration.

Fifteen wins with only two losses is a stellar way to open a season and the “Breneman era” in Spartan Softball.

Before being named the new coach last July, Breneman had spent the past eight years in the SEC and ACC. Breneman brought 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNCG, including nine years as a head coach.

Breneman had spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach at South Carolina. Before that, she spent six seasons as an assistant coach for the UNC Tar Heels.

She had two head coaching stints: at Bucknell (2001-04) and East Stroudsburg (1996-2000). At Bucknell in 2004, she was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year.

She played two years in the Women’s Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride and was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University. She helped Bloomsburg to the NCAA Division II Championships all four years, finishing second in the nation in 1991 and third in both 1990 and 1992. Breneman earned a bachelor’s degree in adult health and cardiac rehabilitation.

UNCG Softball hosts Samford this Saturday and Sunday, and hosts Charlotte next Thursday (March 14). There’s no admission charge.

See full schedule here. And see more information about the team here.