For the ninth season, a familiar face will lead the Wolves on the diamond as veteran Skip Fite returns for his 10th season in Carrollton as UWG’s head baseball coach.
In nine seasons prior, Fite has compiled a record of 226-225 at West Georgia and picked up his 900th career NCAA victory during a 13-0 run to open the 2018 season. Fite has a career record of 926-936-1 in 38 years as a head coach.
Fite’s best season at West Georgia came in 2016 as the Wolves finished that season with a 42-16 record and a trip to the NCAA South Regional in Tampa, Florida. In what was the Wolves’ first NCAA postseason appearance since 1998 the Wolves went 3-2 and were on of the final three teams standing.
In the 2018 campaign, Fite's squad finished with a 32-18 record, reaching the Gulf South Conference tournament. Cade Marlowe and Price Peters were each named All-Gulf South Conference and All-Region during the postseason, and Brian Dansereau was named to the GSC All-Tournament team.
That team had six All-Gulf South Conference players and was led by two former Wolves who are now continuing their careers professionally in Minor League Baseball. Caleb Lopes was drafted in the 33rd Round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2016 MLB Draft while Artemis Kadkhodaian, who was a junior on the 2016 team, signed with the Los Angeles Angels organization following the 2017 season.
In 2015, Fite’s Wolves finished 33-15, and just missed out on a bid to the postseason after a successful run at the Gulf South Conference Tournament. That team featured five All-Gulf South Conference selections.
Fite has coached two All-Americans at West Georgia. Stuart Drew was named All-American in 2011 while Jamie Sexton earned the honor in 2013. Outfielders Tyler Hutch and Drew Eady also won national honors under Fite’s tutelage as each won a Rawlings NCAA Gold Glove in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
In total, Fite has coached 22 All-Gulf South Conference players in his previous eight seasons.
Prior to coming to West Georgia, Fite was the head coach at Augusta where he compiled a record of 624-667-1 in 25 seasons. Fite coached six MLB draftees while at Augusta State including Shannon Wilkerson who was the 2009 NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
Fite began his coaching career right here at West Georgia as an assistant coach from 1978-1981 before becoming the head coach at Brewton Parker for four seasons.
Fite is a 2014 inductee into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.
As a player, Fite earned All-America honors as a second baseman while performing for the legendary Tommy Thomas at Valdosta State. He helped the Blazers to a two-year record of 46-10 and a third place finish in the NCAA Tournament.
He briefly played professionally in the Minnesota Twins organization before starting his coaching career.
Fite is a 1978 graduate of Valdosta State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science/Kinesiology. In 1981 he earned his master’s degree from West Georgia in Physical Education.