Kayla Watkins enters the 2016-17 season beginning her first year at the helm of the Bryan College Softball program.
Watkins comes to Bryan College from Madison, Miss. where she coached the highly respected Madison Central Softball Lady Jags for the last nine seasons. She began serving the team in the fall of ’07 while she was finishing her final semester before graduating from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education. She is currently enrolled at William Carey University where she will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Interscholastic Athletic Administration this August.
Her passion for softball continued to develop when as a student-athlete she made her mark at Mississippi College as a standout Lady Choctaw, earning the MVP award in 2005, receiving both American Southwest Conference (ASC) First Team All-East Division recognition and Newcomer of the Year in 2005, ASC Academic All-Conference and the Leadership Award in 2006, CoSIDA Academic All-America Team honors in 2007, Outstanding Senior Leadership Award in 2007, and taking the crown of the ASC East Division in 2007. In her three years, she posted a notable .381 batting average, 1.58 ERA, a near-perfect 20-3 record, and compiled 104 strikeouts in 125 innings pitched.
The success on the ball field followed into her coaching career as she led the Madison "Big Blue" to reigning MHSAA 6A State Champions three consecutive years (2010-2012) and MHSAA 6A State Runner-Up three straight seasons (2013-2015). Watkins showed versatility and consistency as she coached a team to becoming MHSAA 6A State Champions in Slow Pitch in 2011 and MHSAA 6A North Half Champions five back-to-back years (2010-2015).
Along with coaching the Lady Jags, Watkins has aided as a conference speaker at the Easton Mid-South Coaches' Clinic and as an All-Star Coach for the Mississippi Association of Coaches North South All-Star Games. Her relentless heart to serve and continued success gave way to her earning MHSAA Softball Coach of the Year in 2011. Producing a career coaching record of 218-59 and seeing off a total of 24 student-athletes who have continued to pursue their dreams of softball at the collegiate level speaks volume of Watkins' talents.
Prior to coaching at Madison Central, her high-quality skill set opened the door for her to coach competitive tournament teams from 2005-2007 and perform as a pitching instructor.
"I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to join the community at Bryan College," said Watkins. "There is clearly a rich history on the softball diamond at Bryan, and I cannot wait to get to campus and begin working with these girls towards an Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship. I am also so grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside and shepherd these young women in their pursuit of Christ."
Watkins currently resides in Dayton, Tenn.
Ted Evans begins his 1st year as Assistant Coach of Bryan College Softball for the 17 season. He joins Bryan from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga where he has led the Pirates to 10 NCAA Championships appearances in the last 11 seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Southeast Region Championships in 2013-14 and NCAA Div. II Softball World Series appearances in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
In 12 seasons as Head Coach of the Pirates, Evans has compiled a 413-213-1 overall record.
Evans spent three years at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tenn. from 2001-2004.
A California native and the son of a highly successful junior high school coach, Evans brings nearly 40 years of teaching and coaching experience to Bryan College. A former professional baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Evans played and coached competitive men's fastpitch softball for 17 years. Infused with a self-proclaimed passion for softball, Evans has the reputation of a "teaching coach" and has earned credit amongst his peers for his innovative hitting technique.
Evans played for 19 years in the renowned Dixie Major League in Chattanooga, where he was honored as the Chattanooga Softball Player of the Year three times. He was also the player/coach for the McKee fastpitch team for 17 years, guiding the team to 12 city championships and at one time as 101-1 overall record. On February 27, 2006, Evans was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
Evans graduated from Andrews University with a bachelor's degree in physical education, and earned his master's of education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.