Meet the Staff

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Head Coach Tom Cole

The winningest coach in Gardner-Webb softball history, head coach Tom Cole begins his 18th season at the helm of the Runnin’ Bulldogs in 2018.

Cole came to Gardner-Webb in 2000-01 and produced immediate results, overseeing GWU’s transition to the NCAA Division I level and directing the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a school-record 36 wins in just his second year in Boiling Springs, N.C.

He begins the 2018 season just 17 wins away from his 500th career victory. His overall record stands at 483-707, with a 354-540 record at the helm of the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs softball program.

Cole earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and parks administration from North Carolina State University in 1977. Cole then went on to get his master's degree from Florida International University in 1989.

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Assistant Coach Kenzi Corn

Kenzi Corn joined head coach Tom Cole's staff in August 2018 and already has familiarity with the Big South Conference, having spent the 2018 season on staff at Presbyterian College. Corn's Big South Conference experience also includes time as a player at Winthrop University.

Corn was in charge of the Blue Hose's outfielders and designed both off-season and in-season workouts, while assisting with hitting development for student-athletes. Additionally, she served as the camp director and coordinator, while also scouting opponents, helping with recruiting and fundraising.

Professionally, Corn spent two years in the Italian Softball League (ISL Division I), playing for Thermotechnik Bollate Softball Club. She played first base and outfield, hitting.427 and .386 in her two seasons. She was the 2015 Silver Bat recipient and had the fourth highest batting average in the ISL that season.

Corn graduated from Winthrop in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health.

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Assistant Coach Scott Long

Coach Scott Long joined the Gardner-Webb softball staff in August 2018 after seven seasons at NCAA Division III Salem (N.C.) College where he built the program from scratch and guided the Spirits to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015.

Throughout his tenure at Salem, the Spirits finished nationally ranked in several statistical categories. The 2017 season saw the Spirits conclude the season 11th in home runs per game in Division III, 14th in slugging percentage and 19th in team batting average.

Long has also made stops at Calvary Baptist Day School in Winston-Salem and William G. Enloe Senior High School in Raleigh. He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and is recognized as a Four-Star Master Coach by the NFCA.

Long received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Winston-Salem State University.

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