Head Coach: Blythe Golden
Golden is starting her 5th season at Chattanooga State with an overall record of 185-55 with a .770 winning percentage. Last season the Lady Tigers compiled a record of 45-20 with a conference record of 28-9. The lady tigers were the Region VII tournament runner-ups. They placed 3 athletes on the TCCAA first team all-region team, 1 NJCAA All-American, and 1 NFCA All-South Region selection. She also had 9 players on the TCCAA All-Academic team.
In four seasons at Chattanooga State, Coach Golden has had 8 NJCAA All-American Selections, TCCAA Pitcher of the year, TCCAA Player of the Year, and she personally received TCCAA Coach of the Year in 2014. She has helped 19 players sign National Letters of Intent with 4 year colleges (11 Division I, 6 Division II, and 2 NAIA) in her four seasons at Chattanooga State. In Golden’s first three seasons, Chattanooga State had back to back 3rd place NJCAA Tournament finishes (2014 & 2015).
Before arriving at Chattanooga State Golden spent 4 seasons at Gulf Coast State College helping them compile over 150 wins in four seasons and a national tournament appearance in 2009. During her stint at Gulf Coast Golden obtained a MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Texas Woman's University in the fall of 2011. During this time Golden was able to complete the National Fastpitch Coaches College and receive recognition as a 4 star master coach by the NFCA.
Golden played at Gulf Coast under Coach Susan Painter for two seasons. While at Gulf Coast she helped lead the team to the conference championship in 2005 and 2006; the 2005 State championship; and the 2006 national runner-up. As a freshman, Blythe earned First Team All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Region, First Team All-State, and First Team All-American. As a sophomore, she received First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region, First Team All-State and Second Team All-American. In the classroom Blythe faired just as well being selected to the Panhandle All-Academic team in 2005 and 2006; and the President's list in Spring 2006.
While at Stetson, Blythe started at catcher in 126 of the team's 128 games over two seasons. All that time catching Stetson's fine pitching staff has enabled her to reach seventh place in career putouts (788). Her 2007 season she batted .240 with 11 doubles (good for second on the team and 11th in program history for a single season), four home runs and 23 RBI. Her 390 putouts were the sixth-highest season total in Stetson history. Golden homered in each game of a May 3 doubleheader at Jacksonville to lead the Hatters to a sweep and also belted a solo home run in the Atlantic Sun conference tournament against Lipscomb. A preseason All-Conference selection in 2008, Golden hit six career home runs and drove in 38 runs in two seasons. Golden was walked 22 times and been hit by 10 pitches that season, helping her to record a .373 on-base percentage, fourth on the team. She left Stetson as one of the top defensive players at her position or any other. She also received the Wendell N. Jarrard Sr. Award for a student athlete who exemplifies academic excellence, athletic competition, leadership and moral values in 2008. She was also the recipient of the Bob Gillies Award for a student-athlete who exemplifies dedication, determination, desire, and discipline. Academic - BA in Sport Management.
Golden played under Coach Robyn Gauger at Marianna High School in Marianna, Fla. She helped lead her team to the 2004 district championship title; was selected to the National Honor Society, the Beta club and was an honor graduate.