The Glory organization is also proud to announce the addition of Brittany McKinney to Mississippi’s premier softball organization. Brittany credentials are impressive as she expanded the CA Firecrackers organization into North Carolina. Brittany’s coaching philosophy gelled with Coach Boaz and Prosek so it is a great fit for the organization. “When I moved to Oxford, I was looking for a place to be able to host clinics, give lessons, and help grow softball in north Mississippi. The Glory organization and the Oxford Lafayette Sportsplex is a great fit,” said McKinney.
Prior to her professional career, McKinney notched a successful college career at the University of North Carolina, starting all four years at catcher and in the DH slot for the Tar Heels. As a sophomore in 2009, she earned second team All-ACC honors after earning a .305 batting average and throwing out 19 of 27 base stealers from behind the plate.
McKinney excelled in the classroom as well, earning a degree in communications and a minor in coaching in the spring of 2011. She was named to the All-ACC Softball Academic Team three times, and earned Dean’s List recognition four semesters throughout her career. As a senior, McKinney received the prestigious UNC Athletic Director’s scholar athlete award.
McKinney continued her softball career coaching at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro-UNCG. McKinney came to UNCG following a one-year stint with NC State as an assistant. In 2015, McKinney helped the UNCG Spartans to their third-straight winning season since 1992-94 with a 25-22 record. UNCG won a postseason game for the third-straight season after defeating ETSU in an elimination game at the SoCon Tournament.
Under McKinney’s guidance, junior Allison Geiner was named SoCon second team All-Conference in the outfield and broke the school record with a .407 batting average becoming just the second Spartan to hit over .400. Senior Tatiana Alcala threw out six runners and started all 47 games at centerfield. UNCG’s starting outfield commited just three errors all season. As a team, the Spartans broke the school record with a .324 batting average, which was top-30 in the nation.
In McKinney’s second season, the Spartans were 31-26 earning 30 wins for the second-straight season. They made the SoCon championship game after winning four-straight elimination games. Outfielder Tory Wright was named to the SoCon All-Tournament team. UNCG scored the second most runs (331), hits (483), average (.312) while breaking the school record for most RBI at 306 and tying the home run mark (57).
During her first season as an assistant coach at UNCG, the Spartans obtained their best overall record, 38-19, since the 2003 season. McKinney worked primarily with the hitters and outfielders helping three outfielders earn All-Southern Conference honors in Allison Geiner (second team, freshman team), Tatiana Alcala (second team) and Aisha Figueroa at second team utility.
McKinney guided Alcala to throw out six runners from the outfield and she set a new career high with a .984 fielding percentage. McKinney also helped UNCG reach the SoCon title game in her first year at the helm falling in extra innings to Georgia Southern. The Spartans scored the third most runs (290) and the fourth most hits (449) in school history.
In between coaching, McKinney has played two seasons with Carolina Diamonds and one season with expansion NJ/NY Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. In 2011, McKinney posted solid numbers, leading the squad in batting average (.298) and RBI (21) as a rookie. In addition, she was one of two members of the team to be named to the NPF all-star squad.
Brittany has spent her career hosting camps/clinics throughout the country with the specific goal of college exposure for the athlete. If you would like to contact Coach McKinney for lessons or a tryout, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.