Yolanda McRae makes her return to Georgia as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs. McRae returns to Athens having spent the past two seasons as a member of the Virginia softball coaching staff.
During her time at Virginia, McRae was instrumental in the steady increase in offensive production by the Cavaliers. She also helped the team to a 2011 sweep of Georgia Tech, the first ever sweep in the Perkins era. In her first season at Virginia, she helped the Cavaliers' double their home run production, going from 12 in 2011 to 29 in 2011.
McRae spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland. During her tenure, she helped lead the Terps to their first and second NCAA appearances in a decade. In 2011, McRae and the Terps recorded the best record in Maryland history, going 40-19. During that season, Maryland posted the second-most conference wins in program history, finishing with a 12-7 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play, which gave it a third-place finish in the ACC and helped the Terps host an NCAA Regional for the second straight year.
Prior to her stint in College Park, McRae had three successful seasons at Georgia Tech as an outfield and hitting coach. After setting a school record for wins in 2007, the 2009 Yellow Jackets won the ACC regular season and tournament titles, as well as a NCAA regional championship title. McRae also was heavily involved in the recruiting efforts at Georgia Tech, helping the Yellow Jackets to one of the strongest outfields in the nation. With her help, the 2008 recruiting class went on to win four ACC Championships.
Before her time at Georgia Tech, McRae spent the 2006 season as a volunteer coach at Georgia, where the squad earned a top-10 national ranking.
A native of Dublin, Ga., McRae is a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education. After spending three years at Georgia State, McRae transferred to Georgia and spent one season in the Red and Black, helping the Bulldogs to their first SEC title.