ASSISTANT COACH ERIN BATTH
The Marietta, Ga. native's second year at Georgia State saw her help coordinate a class of five recruits for 2016-17 with three high school freshman and two transfers. One of those prep recruits from November 2015 ended up being the state of Georgia freshman of the year in March 2016.
She served on the 2015-16 Strategic Plan Committee for Community Engagement for GSU Athletics and how athletics can serve the community. She is also a member of the African Student Association.
Batth played a major role in recruiting and helped develop JUCO transfers and freshmen among the nine incoming players in 2015-16, her second season at GSU. Working with the post players, she helped GSU rank No. 3 in rebounding in the Sun Belt. GSU’s post players were three of the leading scorers on the team.
Batth’s first year at Georgia State saw her work with the post players and help the Panthers rank No. 2 in the Sun Belt in rebound margin (+2.5) and top 100 of the 349 Division I programs.
She helped freshman forward Kennesha Nichols start 18 of the final 19 games (non-Senior Day) and average 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 55 percent in that 19-game span.
Veteran center Brittany Logan ranked No. 4 in the Sun Belt in rebounding (8.0), while averaging 10.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Haley Gerrin showed continued improvement in starting 20 games.
With a true “been there, done that” resume as a player and coach, Erin Batth can provide plenty of helpful guidance to the student-athletes and valuable input in the recruiting and game-planning for the staff.
Batth’s collegiate coaching resume includes stints at Tennessee Tech, Towson and VCU, as well as basketball administrative roles at Virginia and the WNBA Sacramento Monarchs and NBA Kings.
In 2012-13 and 2013-14, she was the recruiting coordinator at Tennessee Tech under coach Jim Davis. Her first team finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference with 19 wins. One of her post players set a school season block record in 2013-14.
Batth coached against Georgia State for two years in the CAA as a member of the Towson staff, as she also assisted with the Tigers’ recruiting efforts. Her final season at Towson, the Tigers finished 16-14 in 2011-12 and swept both games with GSU as Batth developed young post player Nyree Williams.
Batth spent three seasons as the Director of Operations at Virginia from 2007-10 under Hall of Fame coach Debbie Ryan. All three seasons, Virginia advanced to the NCAA tournament. Working with the annual budget, all the team travel, recruiting visit coordination and community service projects kept her plate full.
Batth had been an executive assistant to the General Manager and operations specialist for the Sacramento WNBA franchise and NBA franchise during 2006-07.
Her first collegiate coaching job was at VCU in the CAA in 2004-05 on Beth Cunningham’s staff.
A 6-foot-4 left-handed player, she excelled at Clemson from 1997-2001, earning Defensive All-America honors (second team) with 116 blocked shots, the fifth-highest total in Clemson history. As a senior for coach Jim Davis, she was second-team All-ACC as she averaged 12.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds.
When she left Clemson, Batth’s totals were eighth all-time in the school record book in rebounds (722) and 20th all-time in scoring (972). Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1999 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. Clemson earned NCAA bids all four years during Batth’s career. She showed her toughness playing more than half the 1999 season with a tear in the ACL in her knee.
Batth was the first player drafted into the WNBA from Clemson, going 59th overall to the Cleveland Rockers in 2001. She played professionally with the Panithnikos and Apollon teams in Greece and Migros in Turkey. Her WNBA experience included time with the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Sacramento Monarchs.
Off the court at Clemson, Batth was the school’s representative to the ACC Student-Athlete Academic Board, the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was a Clemson minority council representative. She was nominated twice for the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Award. Batth was chosen for the ACC “Top Six” award for community service in 2001.
A Marietta, Ga. native born Oct. 22, 1978, Batth graduated from Lassiter High School and is in that Cobb County school’s hall of fame. She learned perseverance and commitment in overcoming a major knee injury in high school that caused her to miss her entire senior season. Batth has a daughter Sierra who has just taken up the sport.