Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Former Player now Head Coach at Motlow
Tori Raby-Gentry to Lead Lady Bucks in Softball
June 16, 2011
Tori Raby-Gentry has been named the new head coach for the Motlow Lady Bucks fast pitch softball team according to Athletic Director Jerry Nichols. Raby-Gentry played for Motlow for two years after her graduation from Lincoln County High School in 1995. In her freshman year she made first team, all-state in 1996 and had a 1.68 earned run average as a pitcher; which is currently 14th all-time.
She went on to play at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens where she made All-Region both years and as a senior was named Player of the Year for the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference (TVAC) which is now the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC.) Raby-Gentry earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science and returned home to complete her master's at Middle Tennessee State University. While doing so she volunteered her time to work with the pitching staff at Motlow under Coach Barfield.
Coach Raby-Gentry's career began at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky. While there just one year, she coached the first winning season recorded for the school. After a stop at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. as a Division II pitching coach, she became head softball coach at University of Virginia's College at Wise. During her first year, the team made it to the national tournament for the first time in the program's history.
Raby-Gentry returns to Motlow after being the winningest coach in UVA-Wise history, compiling a record of 202-154 in her seven seasons.Â During her tenure, UVA-Wise captured four conference titles, two regional titles, and appeared in three national tournaments.
The daughter of Max Raby of Fayetteville and Patsy Bower of Huntland, she is married to Chad Gentry, son of Randy and Audrey Gentry also of Fayetteville. At Motlow she will be a faculty member in the education department teaching health and physical education courses.
Coach Jerry Nichols, athletic director for the College said, "We're excited to get someone like Tori. I think she's going to bring a drive like no other and I'm looking forward to having her join the Motlow athletic staff."
When asked why she came to Motlow and her plans for the position she said, "Coming to Motlow is coming back home for me. I think it's really easy to recruit for a school that you respect and enjoy and has a good reputation in the sport." She continued, "I am excited about the opportunity and I will begin recruiting immediately to get a class in and hopefully continue the success the program has had in the past."