AMERICUS, Ga. -- Georgia Southwestern State University athletic director Mike Leeder has appointed head softball coach Nicki Levering as the Hurricanes assistant athletic director for community engagement.
"I'm excited to add Nicki to the administration staff in addition to her coaching duties with the Hurricanes," Leeder said. "I anticipate her increasing Georgia Southwestern's already strong presence in the community and continuing to build on our great local partnerships with Magnolia Manor, the Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics and Night to Shine among many others."
Under Levering's leadership since her arrival in June, overall participation and total hours validated in community service have both risen significantly in the Georgia Southwestern athletic department. Heading into the spring semester every team has already completed over 100 hours with a 95 percent participation rate from athletes. A total of 2,461 hours have already been served in 2017-18.
"I'm grateful to have the opportunity to further engage the GSW athletic department with the Americus community," Levering said. "I truly believe giving back and staying involved will help our student-athletes develop the necessary communication and leadership skills to be successful adults. The city of Americus and Sumter County is a special place and I'm looking forward to enhancing the presence of GSW."
Georgia Southwestern athletics has worked with over 18 organizations who serve people both locally in the Americus community and nationwide.
Athletes have worked weekly with local senior living center Magnolia Manor, helping with their 5K superhero run, game nights, talent shows and visiting with residents. GSW will also be assisting with dance nights and the spring cleaning event of the facility in the coming weeks.
Other recent services include working with Habitat For Humanity to help refurbish the home of a veteran, hosting Special Olympics for an on-campus event in the Storm Dome, Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army, assisting with hurricane relief & recovery and reading to students at Southland Academy, Furlow Charter and Head Start at Sumter County Schools.
Levering begins her first season as the head softball coach at Georgia Southwestern in 2018 after serving as head coach at South Georgia State College the last four years.
This past spring, under Levering's leadership, South Georgia State posted 30-plus wins for the second consecutive season, finishing 31-20. In 2015, the Hawks captured the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) regular season championship with a record of 12-2 in league play and 32-9 overall, earning Levering GCAA Coach of the Year honors.
Levering produced 14 GCAA All-Region players and two All-American nominees during her time at South Georgia State.
Prior to South Georgia State, Levering was the assistant coach at Galveston College in Galveston, Texas, where the team was 2013 NJCAA Region 14 regular season champions and finished the season ranked No. 7 in the country.