Edwin Thompson enters his second season as Georgia State’s pitching coach after joining the GSU staff in the fall of 2012.

In his first season with the Panthers, he guided a very young staff that helped the Panthers to a 35-win season for the third-highest victory total in program history. Four different freshmen hurlers started a total of 24 games in 2013, including 21 on the weekend, and rookies combined to throw nearly 200 innings while collecting 10 wins and five saves.

Thompson developed a GSU bullpen that collected 13 saves, the second-best season mark in Panthers annals. Freshman right-hander Matt Rose led the team with five saves and a 2.55 earned run average on his way to earning Freshman All-America honors.