Tiffany (Baker) Wilkinson, a former Chattanooga standout and East Tennessee State graduate assistant coach, has joined Tennessee Tech softball coach Bonnie Bynum’s staff.
Wilkinson, 25, will work with the Golden Eagle hitters and outfielders.
A product of East Ridge (Tenn.) High School, Wilkinson built quite an impressive resume during her four-year playing career at Chattanooga. At ETSU, the former slugger worked with the hitters and infielders, and tackled daily operations for the Buccaneers.
“We are definitely excited to have Tiffany on staff with us,” Bynum said. “She will be a great asset, and brings a lot of knowledge. She was a great hitter during her playing career, and with her playing in Tennessee and growing up in Tennessee, it’s definitely a positive for us to add her to our staff.”
As a Lady Moc, she hit 50 career home runs, shattering both the Chattanooga and SoCon all-time marks, while also being a three-time NFCA All-South Region and first-team All-SoCon selection. Along with her success on the field, Wilkinson posted a 3.73 grade point average in the classroom en route to being named to the 2011 Capital One/COSIDA Academic All-District IV first team. The three-time SoCon All-Academic member played an integral role in helping Chattanooga reach its first-ever regional final appearance in 2011. She hit .455 (5-for-11) with a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI in four games played at the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Wilkinson, who hit 18 of her 50 round-trippers in 2011, was tied
for 13th among NCAA Division I players and she also ranked 13th in
RBI per game (1.16). To go with her 50 career homers, she hit .325
(200-616) with 39 doubles and 163 RBI in 218 games (217 starts) for
the Lady Mocs. In addition, she led Chattanooga to four SoCon
regular season titles and three NCAA Regional appearances.
She was a two-sport standout in softball and volleyball at East Ridge High School, where she was named the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year and graduated fourth in her class. A four-time all-district pick, she was named all-state as a senior.
Wilkinson graduated magna cum laude from Chattanooga with a degree in Health and Human Performance, Pedagogy. She obtained her master’s in sports management from ETSU. Wilkinson resides in Cookeville with her husband, Patrick.