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Govs and Lady Govs add to coaching staffs

Austin Peays baseball, soccer and womens basketball teams announce new additions to their coaching staffs.

Ryan Edwards has been named to the Bat Govs coaching staff as pitching coach.
Austin Peay's baseball, soccer and women's basketball teams announce new additions to their coaching staffs.

Ryan Edwards has been named to the “Bat Govs” coaching staff as pitching coach.

Edwards, a Bolivar, Mo. native, spent one season at Wabash Valley (Mt. Carmel, Ill.), helping the Warriors compile a 38-22 mark. Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Tennessee Tech serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. His 2002 pitching staff helped lead Tech to a runner-up finish in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, while the 2003 pitching staff led the Ohio Valley Conference in ERA, strikeouts and fewest walks-per nine innings in conference games.

Edwards' other coaching experiences include instructing the pitching staff at Southwest Baptist (Bolivar, Mo.) for one year, pitching/head coaching duties with the Bolivar American Legion Post 138 program, plus other high school programs in the Springfield, Mo. area from 1995-2001. While at the Bolivar American Legion program, Edwards' teams compiled a record of 224-119.

Edwards spent two years on the mound for Southwest Baptist University in 1995-96. The right-hander finished his career with Lincoln University in 1998. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2001 and earned his master's degree in 2002 from Tennessee Tech.

On the day that the APSU women's soccer team began reporting for the 2005 season, Head Coach Kelley Guth filled in the missing piece to her coaching staff, hiring Erin Switalski as assistant coach.

Switalski, a Brecksville, Ohio native, will become the Lady Govs goalkeeper coach, a position for which she is uniquely qualified. She was goalkeeper at Campbell University from 2001-2004 and led the Camels to an 11-2-7 record and the 2004 NCAA Women's Soccer tournament.

During her collegiate career, Switalski recorded school records in career saves (329) and shutouts (26) and finished second in goals-against average (1.10). She was a three-time All-Atlantic Sun first-team honoree (2001, 2003 and 2004) and earned tournament “MVP” honors in 2004 after posting two shutouts in the tournament.

In addition, Gerlonda Hardin, APSU's all-time leading women's basketball rebounder, returns to the bench for the upcoming season, serving as the team's graduate assistant coach.

Hardin, a 2004 alumna, finished her career as the Lady Govs all-time leading rebounder (982) and shot blocker (223) as well as the second-leading scorer (1,863). She also holds the school record for career field-goal percentage (.618), which ranks 22nd in NCAA women's basketball history. Hardin is the only Austin Peay student-athlete to make an NCAA tournament appearance each of her four seasons.

Hardin was the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year, the 2003-04 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-OVC selection and a two-time OVC Tournament “Most Valuable Player.” She also was named Austin Peay's 2003-04 Most Outstanding Female Athlete.
—Cody Bush