AMERICUS, Ga. -- After 12 years at the helm of the Georgia Southwestern State University women's basketball program, head coach Kelly Britsky has decided to step down from her coaching position. Britsky is just the second head coach in the program's history as a NCAA Division II member and helped transition the program from the NAIA level into the Peach Belt Conference.
"After dedicating over a decade of my life to GSW athletics it is time to see what's next," Britsky said. "I have always been proud of my teams both on and off the court. The young women that have played in the Storm Dome have made friendships and memories for a lifetime and have gone on to be successful each in their own way. With the boost from President Neal Weaver, GSW athletics is on the rise and the best is yet to come."
Prior to her arrival in Americus, Britsky coached from 1999-2007 at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga. She was the first head coach of the Lady Panthers basketball program and helped lead LaGrange to a United States Athletic Association National Tournament appearance in the program's third year of existence. The Britsky era at LaGrange included two All-Americans, twelve All-Conference players and five All-Freshman Team members and one Freshman Player of the Year.
"I want to sincerely thank all of the people that have supported my journey," Britsky said. "GSW has a tremendous community of caring people that work very hard every day to support the college and the community. Thank you to all my assistant coaches, my colleagues here at GSW and in the Peach Belt Conference and my women's basketball mentors that give so much of themselves to my players."
During her tenure at Georgia Southwestern, Britsky produced 13 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic performers, two All-Conference selections and two PBC Player of the Week award winners.
"Most of all I want to thank my family and friends for your support throughout all the ups and downs that coaching brings," Britsky said. "Thank you for understanding the long nights, early mornings and lack of weekends. I will take a little extra time now with my family and friends until I see what door opens next and what new adventure is out there for me. Take tomorrow by Storm!"
Britsky has been inducted into both the Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College Hall of Fame (2010) and LaGrange College Hall of Fame (2013). Britsky was honored for her work on the 1991 softball team at Abraham Baldwin. LaGrange College recognized her work as a student athlete (1993-94) and coach (1997-2007).
"We appreciate all of Kelly's hard work and dedication to our women's program here at GSW," Georgia Southwestern director of athletics Mike Leeder said. "We wish her and her family the best as she transitions away from coaching."