AMERICUS – On October 12, 2013 Head Women's Basketball Coach Kelly Britsky was inducted into the LaGrange College Hall of Fame. This will be Britsky's second induction to a Hall of Fame as she and her 1991 Softball Teammates were inducted into the Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College Hall of Fame in 2010.
The following is a press release from LaGrange on September 11, 2013.
Coach Kelly Britsky (1993-94 (Student-athlete), 1997-2007 (Coaching)) - Britsky was the first head coach of the Panthers' women's basketball program and helped lead the Panthers to a United States Athletic Association National Tournament appearance in the program's third year of existence and was the head coach eight years overall. Under Britsky, the basketball program produced two All-Americans, twelve All-Conference Team Players and five All-Freshman Team members and one Freshman Player of the Year. Britsky was honored as the 2001-2002 and 2006-2007 Great South Basketball Coach of the Year.
Britsky also coached volleyball for 10 years with a record after of 193-150. Her teams appeared in three USCAA national tournaments and finished runner-up three times in the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC). The Panthers won 20 or more matches in six of her 10 seasons. The volleyball team produced four All-Americans, seven all-region players, a region player of the year, a three-time region setter of the year, 20 all-conference players and two conference players of the year and many All-Academic team members.
Britsky attended Abraham Baldwin College and was a member of the 1991 National Championship team in softball, also named to the All-National team that year. She then went on to LaGrange where she played two years of volleyball and softball at LaGrange College. She was named to the All-Conference team in softball both years and named MVP of team her senior year. Britsky earned a B.A. in history and education. She stayed on as an assistant coach after graduation in 1994 when LaGrange College won a national championship in softball. She left LaGrange and spent three years at Perry High School where she coached softball, basketball and track before returning to LaGrange College to continue her coaching career and earn her Masters of Education Degree.
Coach Britsky had this to say, "It is a great honor to be recognized by LaGrange College. It is such a great institution and my time there both as an athlete and coach were stages in my life and career that I would not have wanted to do anywhere else. It will be an honor to join so many great people who have a love for LaGrange College and a passion for athletics that have been inducted in to the LaGrange Hall of Fame before me, some of them are my former Coaches and Mentors and even some of my players. I believe by receiving this honor that it is not just about me, but that all my former coaching staffs and players are being recognized for their hard work and sacrifices as well. I thank the Hall of Fame Committee for this recognition and I can't wait for the ceremony and the time I will get to spend at LaGrange College that weekend seeing old friends."
Special thanks to the LaGrange Sports Information Department.