Sept. 18, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland softball head coach Laura Watten announced today the hiring of new assistant coach Yolanda McRae, who most recently worked at fellow ACC school Georgia Tech. McRae worked in Atlanta with the Yellow Jackets for three years and achieved great success in her time there.
"Yolanda is the perfect addition to our staff, as she brings a great level of championship experience, enthusiasm and passion for the game. She will be primarily working with our offense and outfield, while also carrying duties in the area of recruiting. We are truly excited to have acquired someone with such a great spirit and work ethic and I feel strongly that Yolanda will contribute greatly to our future success," Watten said.
McRae, who officially joined the Maryland staff over the summer, said, "I don't think anyone could do anything to make me feel more welcomed and at home. Coach Watten, Coach Scott, and the rest of the Maryland staff have made this transition incredibly easy. The players are focused and work hard. They have been a pleasure to work with. I'm excited about things to come."
McRae comes to College Park after a wildly successful career at Georgia Tech. In 2009, the Yellow Jackets won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, as well as the NCAA regional championship title. In her time in Atlanta, she helped recruit one of the strongest outfields in the ACC, as well as the nation.
A native of Dublin, Ga., she is a 2005 graduate of University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She played one season as a Bulldog, in which she helped the team win its first SEC title. She was a two-year letterwinner at Georgia State prior to her time at Georgia.
Upon graduation, she served as a volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs. In 2006, she helped guide the team to a national Top 10 ranking and an overall record of 51-13 and 24-6 conference record. They won the SEC east division. UGA ended the 2006 season fifth in the nation in runs per game (6.0) and seventh in batting average (.323) and slugging percentage (.490).