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Garris, Hollis joins SU softball coaching staff

Southern University softball announced new assistant softball coaches John Garris and Tayl'r Hollis have joined new head coach Lee Dobbins staff for the 2013-14 softball season.

Hollis will serve as the pitching and conditioning coach as well as assisting with the defense. Garris will serve as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

"Coach Garris and Coach Hollis are big gets for Southern softball. Both are former collegiate head coaches," said Dobbins. "Both bring something unique to the table. They will be instrumental in changing the culture surrounding the program and making Southern softball the top program in the SWAC and one of the best in the region."

Garris comes to Southern from Louisiana Tech University where he served as the assistant softball coach and recruiting coordinator. He brings experience from working with softball teams at Division I, Division II and junior colleges and universities.

Besides working with Sam Houston State University, Rutgers University and others, Garris also has coached for five years with the USA Athletes International Softball team.

"John has been a good colleague and friend for many years and the opportunity to have him join my staff was a big hire for Southern Softball. He has coached on the D-I, D-II, and JUCO levels and is considered one of the best recruiters and technicians in our sport," said Dobbins.

Garris received his Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts and Master of Science from the University of Alabama and an Educational Specialist from Delta State University.

Some of Garris' accomplishments includes: Coaching the Gulf South Conference West Division Champions for three consecutive years from 1996-1998; coached the team to top 10 national statistical ranking for fielding percentage in 1996; and in 2006 directed the Shelton State Community College team to its first winning season in four years.

Hollis, a native of Lafayette, comes to Southern from Feather River Junior College, in Quincy, Calf.

While at Feather River College, Hollis served one year as the head softball coach and associate faculty member. Prior to that she was assistant coach. During her time there, she helped take the team to the 2012 Regional Champions, 2012 Super Regional and had an appearance in the 2013 Regionals where they lost to the number one seed.

Under Hollis' leadership, one player was selected All Nor Cal Team, six players selected first Team All Conference and two players selected second team All-Conference. Her team led California State Junior College in hits (413), doubles (99), batting average (.379) and on base percentage (439).

Dobbins says Hollis is one of the brightest up-and-comers as a softball coach. "She has expertise in all areas of the game and will be an asset in every aspect," he said. "She understands what it is to be a top D1 athlete in her time playing in the SEC and will bring that knowledge to our team and program. Being a local native she also opens up Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana to Southern softball on the recruiting side."

Hollis has a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Mississippi College n and received her bachelor's from Louisiana State University where she played on a softball scholarship.

During Hollis' time at LSU she earned All-American Amateur Softball Association of America National Champions 23-and-Under Virginia Legends in 2008, 2008 All Tournament Team Tiger Classic and 2008 Easton Classic All Tournament Most Valuable Player.