Jaguar Softball Coaches Region 17 Champion 2010, 2007
Head Softball Coach
Ken Deyton begins his first season at the helm and sixth season with the Jaguar softball program. He has served as the offensive and defensive coach, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his five seasons as assistant coach, the Jaguars won the Region 17 regular season title two times and the region championship in 2010, which sent them to the NJCAA National ChampionshipTournament in St. George, Utah.
An Atlanta native, Deyton graduated from Stockbridge High School, where he lettered in varsity football and baseball. He was an all-region selection in baseball in his junior and senior years.
After high school, Deyton pursued a business career and was the founder/president of A Plus Security Incorporated from 1995 through 2009. In 2003 he also opened Line Drive Sports, an indoor baseball and softball training facility, where he instructed many aspiring athletes in the fundamentals of hitting to prepare them for the collegiate level.
Deyton’s coaching career began in 1986 with youth major baseball in Stockbridge and he headed up the Stockbridge Tiger travel football program through 1998. Deyton was also the main organizer of the Georgia Blitz Fastpitch Softball Organization and head coach of the Georgia Blitz Gold 18U team from 1998 through 2006. He won many Amateur Softball Association championships and made appearances to the ASA National Championship in 2004 and 2006.
Deyton was a member of the Worth Sports Women’s International Softball Team coaching staff, along with Mark Cook of Winthrop University and Eric Geldart of Young Harris College. The team was champion of the 2010 Puerto Rico Olympic Softball Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Recently, Deyton earned his associate degree in sports and recreation management from Gwinnett Technical College. He resides in McDonough, Ga., with his wife, Belinda, and their five children.
Kimberly Hobbs begins her first season with the Jaguar softball program. She serves as the team's pitching coach.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Hobbs graduated from Brookstone High School and began her collegiate career here at Georgia Perimeter College in 2008 and 2009 then transferred to Charleston Southern University. She brings back a wealth of knowledge to the pitchers at GPC.
As the lead pitcher for the Jaguars, Hobbs guided the GPC team to consecutive regional championship appearances and finished her junior college career with a stellar 1.71 ERA. She also received GCAA All-Region and All-Tournament honors.
Hobbs took her talents on to the NCAA Division I level at Charleston Southern. There she set a school record for the most strikeouts in a single season, as well as a NCAA season record in fewest walks allowed per seven innings.
Hobbs recently earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Charleston Southern and currently resides in Snellville, Georgia.
Assistant Softball Coach
Tess Echols begins her first season with the Jaguar softball program as the team's offensive and defensive coach.
A Fayetteville, Georgia native, Echols graduated from Whitewater High School and joined the University of Georgia where she played in 2008 and 2009 then transferred to Jacksonville State University.
As a member of the UGA softball team, Echols played Right Field which made history as the first team from Georgia to qualify for and attend the NCAA women's college world series.
In 2010, she transferred to JSU and started as the Gamecock's shortstop for two seasons. She helped guide the team to two Ohio Valley Conference Championships in 2010 and 2011. Echols brings knowledge as both an outfielder and infielder.
Echols recently earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from JSU and currently resides in her hometown Fayetteville, Georgia.