Aileen Morales, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Georgia Tech softball history and a former highly successful assistant coach at her alma mater, returned to The Flats as the program’s sixth head coach on June 7, 2017. She’ll enter her seventh season in 2024.
Morales made her own history in her sixth season leading the Yellow Jackets, surpassing 150 wins as a head coach at Georgia Tech with 155 and 250 victories in her career with 268, remaining the fourth-winningest coach in softball history on The Flats. In conference wins, Morales also eclipsed 50, moving to 55, with a win over Virginia as she owns the second-best mark in program history. In terms of win percentages, Morales remains third in program history both overall at .535 and in ACC play at .426. As a unit, the Yellow Jackets earned a win in the ACC tournament for the fourth consecutive year as they went 26-27 overall, including a 7-17 conference record. The squad was among the nation’s best defensively, turning in a .978 fielding percentage to rank 11th in the nation and second in the ACC.
Erin Dixson was named an assistant coach for Georgia Tech softball on September 5, 2023. Dixson serves as pitching coach for the Yellow Jackets.
In two seasons as the pitching coach at UNC Wilmington, Erin Dixson guided the Seahawks’ hurlers to unprecedented success and was able to do the same as a facilitator during the 2023 Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season.
Under Dixson’s guidance, the Seahawks boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the Colonial Athletic Association while securing the program’s first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2022.
Hunter Bunch was named an assistant coach for Georgia Tech softball on July 21, 2023. Bunch serves primarily as hitting coach while overseeing the outfield for the Yellow Jackets. Off the field, Bunch coordinates recruiting for the White and Gold.
Bunch came to The Flats after making his mark on the Incarnate Word program as an assistant coach, overseeing the offense. He helped boost the Cardinal bats across the board in his first season and has improved the team batting average and on-base percentage over each of the last two seasons. Bunch also contributed defensively with infielders and outfielders at Incarnate Word. Off the field, he had a heavy hand in recruiting and camps with the Cardinals.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Bunch led the Texas Bombers travel softball organization as head coach from 2019-21 while also serving as an assistant coach with St. John XXIII College Preparatory over that span. The offensive mind was on staff with the Texas Bombers for over three years, beginning his tenure as an assistant coach his first year and leading as director of analytics throughout the duration of his time with the program. Notably, he guided his 16U Bombers team to a top-five finish nationally during the summer season.
Kelsey Bennett was named an assistant coach for Georgia Tech softball on July 18, 2023. Bennett arrived on The Flats on the heels of a decorated playing career for ACC constituent Virginia Tech from 2019-23. The first-time coach joined the ranks after lacing up for Smash It Sports Vipers over the summer of 2023, competing in the inaugural season of the WPF (Women’s Professional Fastpitch).
A native of Buford, Ga., Bennett returned home to join the Yellow Jackets after suiting up for nearly every game for her alma mater since 2019. A five-year starter, the infielder piled up conference honors throughout her career as she was named ACC Freshman of the Year, ACC all-freshman and all-ACC three times – landing on the first team as a freshman in 2019, second team in 2021 and third team in 2022. Leading into the spring, Bennett was also recognized on three preseason all-ACC teams before earning ACC Co-Player of the Week honors twice in season. On a national scale, Tech’s addition was a Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year top 10 finalist and appeared on the JWOS All-Freshman Team following her first season in Blacksburg, Va. In 2021, Bennett was also named among Softball America’s top 100 players before earning NFCA All Mid-Atlantic Second Team recognition and a JWOS third team all-American nod. Amongst Virginia, the assistant received VaSID Rookie of the Year (2019) and was a three-time honoree on VaSID’s all-state teams, twice landing on the first team and also earning a second team selection.