Tori Raby-Gentry Steps Down as Motlow Softball Coach

former Motlow softball coach adn athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry

former Motlow softball coach adn athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry

After four years as head softball coach and faculty member and 18 months as athletic director, Tori Raby-Gentry has announced her resignation from Motlow College effective July 31, according to Jerry Tunstill, vice-president for student affairs.

“We appreciate Tori and the time and effort she has given to the college,” said Tunstill. “As a former player and an alumnus, Tori will always be a part of the Motlow family and we wish her well.”

Raby-Gentry was named head softball coach in June 2011 and compiled an 84-107-2 record during her four years leading the program. Her best season was 2015 when the Lady Bucks went 27-19-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII tournament. She played for Motlow in 1996-97 and was named the team’s most valuable player following her sophomore season.

“After four years of coaching at Motlow and 15 years of college coaching I have decided that it is time for a new direction,” said Raby-Gentry. “I am thankful for the opportunities I was given here at Motlow and I will miss the support and relationships built with our administration, faculty, staff, and of course the student athletes.”

The next Motlow softball coach will be the school’s sixth since the program began in 1995. Jackie Reavis and Mike Holt were co-head coaches during that first season, followed by Angela Tulley who stayed two years and compiled a 58-25 record.

Gary Barfield took the reins in 1998 and established the Lady Bucks as one of the premier junior/community college softball programs in the southeast, culminating in the school’s only state championship and national tournament appearance in 2009. Barfield left following the 2011 season and is now the head coach at Tullahoma High School.

Baseball Head Coach Dan McShea has been named interim athletic director. Motlow will immediately begin the process of searching for a new head softball coach. The new coach will inherit a quality roster with eight returning sophomores and a talented freshman class.