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Varsity Head Coach - Maisie Hynninen

Coach Hynninen is entering her first year as the Lady Jackets head softball coach.   A product of Cobb County, she graduated from Hillgrove High School in 2012 where she played both basketball and softball.  She played travel softball for the Georgia Impact and Atlanta Vipers organizations, making many trips to Colorado and Oklahoma City over the years.

She continued her playing career at The University of Kentucky where she was a 4 year starter, team captain, All-SEC Academic team member, All-SEC Defensive team member, Frank G. Ham Society of Character Inductee, and All-America Scholar Athlete.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion Magna Cum Laude. 

Coach Hynninen spent time as an assistant coach at Georgia State University during the 2017 season, and currently gives lessons through Champions Fast Pitch Academy. 

Coach Hynninen is happily married to Andrew Hynninen since 2017.

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JV Head Coach / Varsity Assistant Coach - Taylor Hightower

Coach Hightower is a graduate of Cartersville High School (Cartersville, GA) and was a member of the 2008 - GHSA AAA State Championship team.  Also, Hightower was selected to the Georgia High School All-Decade Team Honorable Mention, awarded the 2008 Georgia AAA Player of the Year and was a member of the 2007 and 2008 - First Team All-State.  In 2007, Coach was drafted in 42nd Round by the Colorado Rockies.

A graduate of Ole Miss (2009-2012) with a B.S. in Exercise Science, he was recognized three times as a SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.  While at Ole Miss, Coach Hightower competed in the 2009 & 2010 NCAA Regional and in 2009 was a member of the SEC Regular Season Championship team.

Coach Hightower brings to Sprayberry an extensive coaching knowledge.  From 2012 to present, he has coached several teams at 6-4-3 Athletics and in 2013 was recognized as 6-4-3 DP Baseball Coach of the Year.

Community Coach - Greg Giles

Greg Giles enters his first season as a community coach with Sprayberry High School.

Prior to Sprayberry, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Kennesaw State softball program, with his responsibilities including areas of the outfield and hitting.
Giles also had a very successful coaching run with the Atlanta Vipers fast pitch organization, with his last three teams earning final national finishes in the top five. In 2013, Giles guided his 18U Gold team to the National Championship.
Giles played collegiately at Gadsden State Junior College and Georgia State, receiving his bachelor degree in Health and Education from GSU in 1982. He and his wife Wendy have two daughters, Jesse and Kaci and reside in Kennesaw.