Camp Coaching Staff

Shelly Hoerner / Head Coach

Under Coach Hoerner's direction, Tech ranked third in the ACC in batting average (.297) and led the ACC in stolen bases per game (1.38). Meanwhile Georgia Tech pitchers lowered the ERA from 5.37 to 4.21 in her first season. Individually, Hoerner coached two All-ACC performers in Maddie Lionberger (1st team) and Ashley Thomas (2nd team).

Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. The Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, Hoerner led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference

Prior to working at College of Charleston, Hoerner spent a month in 2005 at NC State, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. From 2000-2005, Hoerner was a successful head coach at Barry University, compiling a cumulative record of 191-82. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as the regional Coach of the Year.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry University (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series, where the Buccaneers finished in fifth place. In her two seasons at Barry, Hoerner struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.

Shelby Pickett / Graduate Assistant

Shelby Pickett enters her first season as a graduate assistant for the softball team. Pickett played at Pitt from 2013-16 where she served as team captain, and received several honors, including second-team All-ACC, an All-ACC Tournament Team selection, and NFCA all-region second team. With the Panthers, she was part of the first Pitt softball team to reach the ACC Championship Game and NCAA Regional Final in 2014.

Prior to her time at Pitt, she played two seasons at Ohio State where she earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors and was selected to the All-Big Ten third team. In the summer of 2012, she served as an assistant coach with her former club team – The Next Level .

Sage Woodham / Assistant Coach

Sage Woodham was hired in July 2016 as the Yellow Jackets’ pitching coach. Woodham joined Georgia Tech from Southern Arkansas University, where in 2016 she was part of the NFCA’s Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Named as the Gulf South Conference (GSC) Pitcher of the Decade for the 2000s, Woodham spent the last two seasons at Southern Arkansas, where she coached two All-Great American Conference pitchers, one all-region pitcher, and the GAC Newcomer of the Year and Hero Sports Division II Newcomer of the Year in LHP Kimmy Beasley. In 2016, the Lady Muleriders reached their first ever national ranking, reached the NCAA Division II World Series semi-finals, and finished No. 4 in the country.

Prior to joining the Lady Muleriders, Woodham spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama. In her time at UNA, Woodham coached three All-Gulf South Conference pitchers including the 2014 GSC Pitcher of the Year and Daktronics All-Region second-teamer, Hillary Carpenter. She helped the Lions' pitching staff post team ERAs of 2.49 in 2014 (1st in GSC) and 3.06 in 2013 (4th in GSC).

Before joining the staff at North Alabama, Woodham served as graduate assistant coach for two seasons at Augusta State. While at ASU, Woodham worked with the pitchers and helped the team notch a 2.44 earned run average during the 2012 season. In 2012, Woodham received a master's degree in Kinesiology from ASU.

Woodham was a standout pitcher for the University of Alabama-Huntsville softball team from 2006-09. While playing at UAH, Woodham was a two-time All-American, and during her career, she won 91 games and posted a 1.22 ERA with 607 strikeouts. Woodham also helped lead the Chargers to a national runner-up finish in the 2009 NCAA Division II World Series.

Shelbee Sowders / Graduate Assistant

Shelbee (Rodgers) Sowders enters her first season as a graduate assistant for Georgia Tech’s softball. Sowders played two years at Southern Miss as a pitcher where she made 29 appearances in the circle with 22 starts and 12 complete games as a senior in 2015. As a junior, she made 30 appearances with 27 starts and 21 complete games, including seven shutouts (six solo and one combined). She notched 15 wins on the season, the most for Southern Miss since Samantha Davis recorded 15 Ws in 2008. Sowders began her collegiate career at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she played in 2011 and 2012.

At La-Lafayette she helped the team to NCAA Regional Appearances in 2011 and 2012, with a 2012 NCAA Super Regional Appearance in 2012. She was also part of the Sunbelt Conference Championships teams in 2011 and 2012.

At Southern Miss, She was named the 2015 Senior Female Outstanding Scholar Athlete and the 2015 Overall Outstanding Scholar Athlete.

Sowders graduated from Southern Miss with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and is currently receiving her master’s degree in sports management from Southern Miss.

Rodney Delong / Assistant Coach

Rodney DeLong joined the Georgia Tech staff in June 2016 as the Yellow Jackets’ hitting and infielders coach. DeLong joins the Georgia Tech staff after three years and three 30-plus win seasons at the helm of the Cameron University softball program in Lawton, Okla.

DeLong coached the Aggies to their first two appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament in program history. His 2015 team accomplished the highest winning percentage in school history (41-18; .695) and the most single season victories. In the 2015 post-season, DeLong’s Aggies had the most Lone Star Conference (LSC) honorees, with nine student-athletes being selected, two LSC Gold Glove Winners, eight All-South Central region selections, and two All-Americans.

Prior to Cameron, DeLong compiled an overall 211-64 record in six years of softball coaching at Cache and Lawton MacArthur high schools. At Cache, he led the Bulldogs to five district championships, four regional championships, and a state championship. DeLong also has experience as the head baseball coach at Cache, leading them to a 90-62 record, and their first state tournament appearance in school history.

Delong was a two-year starter at shortstop on the baseball team at Cameron University. In 79 games he tallied 75 hits and 54 RBI. Prior to that, he played shortstop for two years at Northern Oklahoma College and was named second team all-region with a .390 average, 10 home runs and 56 RBI.

Rodney graduated from Cameron University in 2006 with a degree in history. He received his Masters of Education in sports administration at East Central University in 2013. Rodney is married to Meghann, and the couple has two children, Ryker and Kaiya.

John Kelly / Volunteer Assist. Coach

John Kelly joined the Georgia Tech staff in August 2016 as a volunteer assistant coach after seven seasons coaching with The Next Level travel organization in San Diego and two seasons as head coach at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego.

In addition to coaching at the 18 Gold level, John was in charge of outfield and mental game instruction, as well as recruiting coordinator for the organization’s 10 teams. While at TNL John compiled a record of 411-252, including several Top 10 finishes at numerous regional and national tournaments at the 14u, 16u and 18u levels. John has coached several top athletes who have gone on to have successful careers in the ACC, Big 10, SEC and other top programs and brings a strong player development background to the Georgia Tech staff.

While at Scripps Ranch High School John’s teams compiled an overall 43-22 record, including a C.I.F. State Section Division 1 Championship in 2015 and Eastern League title in 2016. John coached All State performer Makayla Martin, now pitching at Auburn University.

John is a well-known mental game expert having authored several books and audio programs on the mental game of sports, and has worked with numerous athletes and teams at all levels from coast to coast on improving performance through mental game mastery. John is a contributing writer for Fastpitch TV, MaxPreps and a former co-host of the Softball Zone radio show.

John played baseball as a pitcher and outfielder at the University of San Diego and graduated from USD with a business administration degree. John has one daughter, Savannah, who attends the University of Richmond.