Golden is starting her 8th season at Chattanooga State with an overall record of 323-90 and a .782 winning percentage. Last season, the Lady Tigers compiled a record of 43-10 with a conference record of 23-5. The Lady Tigers were the 2019 Regular Season Region VII Champions and TCCAA Region VII Tournament Champions. Golden was named TCCAA Coach of the Year in 2019. She placed three athletes on the TCCAA 1st team all-region team, five athletes on the TCCAA all-region 2nd team, Region VII Pitcher of the Year selection, one NJCAA All-American, and two NFCA All-South Region selections. She also had 15 players on the TCCAA All-Academic team, two 1St team NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and two NJCAA Academic All-Americans.
During her seasons at Chattanooga State, Coach Golden has had 12 NJCAA All-American Selections, three TCCAA Pitcher of the year selections, three TCCAA Player of the Year selections and she personally received TCCAA Coach of the Year in 2014, 2017, 2018, & 2019. She has helped 34 players sign National Letters of Intent with four-year colleges (15 Division I, nine Division II, three Division III and seven NAIA) in her seven seasons at Chattanooga State. In Golden’s first three seasons, Chattanooga State had back-to-back 3rd place NJCAA Tournament finishes (2014 & 2015). In seven seasons she has led the Lady Tigers to four NJCAA National Tournament appearances.
Before arriving at Chattanooga State, Golden spent four seasons at Gulf Coast State College helping compile more than 150 wins in four seasons and a national tournament appearance in 2009. During her stint at Gulf Coast, Golden obtained a MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Texas Woman's University in the fall of 2011. During this time, Golden was able to complete the National Fastpitch Coaches College and receive recognition as a four-star master coach by the NFCA.
Golden played at Gulf Coast under Coach Susan Painter for two seasons. While at Gulf Coast she helped lead the team to the conference championship in 2005 and 2006; the 2005 State championship; and the 2006 national runner-up. As a freshman, Blythe earned First Team All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Region, First Team All-State, and First Team All-American. As a sophomore, she received First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region, First Team All-State and Second Team All-American.
While at Stetson, Blythe started at catcher in 126 of the team's 128 games over two seasons. All that time catching Stetson's fine pitching staff has enabled her to reach seventh place in career putouts (788). During her 2007 season, she batted .240 with 11 doubles (good for second on the team and 11th in program history for a single season), four home runs and 23 RBI. Her 390 putouts were the sixth-highest season total in Stetson history. Golden homered in each game of a May 3 doubleheader at Jacksonville to lead the Hatters to a sweep and also belted a solo home run in the Atlantic Sun conference tournament against Lipscomb. A preseason All-Conference selection in 2008, Golden hit six career home runs and drove in 38 runs in two seasons. Golden was walked 22 times and been hit by 10 pitches that season, helping her to record a .373 on-base percentage, fourth on the team. She left Stetson as one of the top defensive players at her position or any other. She was also the recipient of the Bob Gillies Award for a student-athlete who exemplifies dedication, determination, desire, and discipline. Academic - BA in Sport Management.
Golden played under Coach Robyn Gauger at Marianna High School in Marianna, Fla. She helped lead her team to the 2004 district championship title; was selected to the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and was an honor graduate.
Pictured: Coaches Jamie and Brandon Carr, Jordan Roberts, and Blythe Golden