The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Region 14 announced Galveston College Head Softball Coach, Kelly Raines, as the Mid-South A District Coach of the Year.

Raines, who is also GC’s Athletic Director, led the Whitecaps to a Region 14 South Conference co-championship, a Region 14 Tournament title, five games deep into the 2024 NJCAA DI World Series and a No. 5 nationwide ranking. GC finished the season with a 46-15 overall record.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this recognition from the NJCAA and my peers in Region 14,” said Raines. “This has truly been an unforgettable season and it’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. I’m incredibly proud of our players and our assistant coach, Rome McNary, who never gave up and overcame the challenges we faced this season, and I’m grateful for what we’ve accomplished together. We have a talented team and I’m looking forward to continue building where we left off this season with these amazing student-athletes.”

The Whitecaps finished the regular season with a 40-13 record, 18-6 in conference, and a Top 20 ranking. GC went undefeated in three games in the regional tournament to win the title and posted a 3-2 mark in the World Series.

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Galveston College was founded in 1967 and is a comprehensive community college providing the residents of Galveston Island and the surrounding region with academic, workforce development, continuing education and community service programs.