Chip Bailey begins his second year as an assistant softball coach for Randolph-Macon. He has worked in the Richmond City Public Schools for over 36 years as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor.
During his career, Bailey coached high school baseball at Marshall-Walker and Huguenot High School in the city, and at Monacan High in Chesterfield County. He was an assistant softball coach at James River High and at Patrick Henry High School. Bailey also had the pleasure of coaching at St. Gertrude High School and helped lead them to an Independent School Championship.
While teaching and guiding middle school students, he coached girls and boys basketball teams and experienced many outstanding seasons. His three regional softball District Five championships paved the way for his sincere love of fastpitch softball.
From 1995-2007 he was actively involved as a primary coach for the Richmond based Sports Plus 18U travel softball team. His teams won numerous tournaments, primarily playing ASA tournaments. He coached and prepared a large number of players who have played softball at the collegiate level.
Bailey's opportunity to coach college softball came in 2007 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia where he has spent the last four seasons. During this span, Coach Bailey helped to produce many All-Conference players and two All-Americans. CNU's 145-39 record over the past four seasons demonstrates the success of their program during Bailey's tenure. The 2010 campaign concluded with a 4th place finish in the National Championship which was held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Bailey continues to work as an hitting instructor at the Rita Lynn Gilman facility in Hanover County, Virginia. He also continues to hold clinics for youth, travel teams and high school teams throughout the state.
Chip and his wife Shelley reside in Richmond, Virginia. He is a father of three children, his daughter Jaclyn, 29 and two sons Chris, 26 and Andrew, 24.
Dana Wood will be entering his seventh-year as an assistant coach for Kevin Proffitt.
Wood, who is a 1976 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, was a member of the Yellow Jackets baseball program under legendary head coach Hugh Stephens.
In 2007, Wood helped lead the Jackets to their best season in the 10-year history of the program. R-MC recorded a school record 22 wins as well as a school best eight wins against ODAC foes as the Yellow Jackets qualified for their first berth in the ODAC Postseason Tournament.
Wood began his coaching career in 1989 and in 1994 was instrumental in starting Ashland Little League's "fast pitch" softball division. He has also coached AAU baseball teams to several state titles. Wood has also coached varsity high school softball at near by Patrick Henry High School. The Patriots captured the Colonial District Championship in 2006, 2007 & 2010.
Away from the diamond, Wood is an avid supporter of all Yellow Jacket athletics, including the football team in which he has volunteered as a member of the "chain-gang" for 21 straight years.
A local business owner, Wood lives in Ashland with his wife Cathy and the couple has four grown children.
Former R-MC softball standout Amanda Sopko has been named the program’s first full-time assistant coach.
“’Sop’ was a fantastic addition to our softball program four years ago,’ head coach Kevin Proffitt said. “After an outstanding career here at R-MC, I feel very fortunate to be able to add her to our staff as an assistant coach.
“As a player, she was a committed student-athlete. She played with a great deal of passion and earned the respect of our coaches as well as her teammates. I expect her to hit the ground running and continue to model that same level of passion and commitment as a member of our coaching staff.”
A native of Skippers, Va., and a graduate of Greensville High School, Sopko played both second base and outfield for the Yellow Jackets this past season. She batted .353 and earned All-ODAC Second Team honors. Sopko was tied for second in the conference with 27 stolen bases, third with 38 runs, fifth with 17 walks and seventh with an on-base percentage of .467.
R-MC posted a record of 26-12 in 2015 and won its first ODAC Tournament title. The Yellow Jackets went 4-0 in Salem and Sopko was named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team. R-MC made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament and was runner-up in the Newport News Regional. Sopko earned a spot on the All-Regional Team.
“I’m excited to be returning from our championship team,” Sopko said. “I hope to work hard so our program can continue to have seasons such as this previous one.”
Sopko played four years for the Yellow Jackets. During her career, R-MC went 115-47 (.710) overall and 51-27 (.654) in ODAC contests. Sopko was All-ODAC Third Team as a freshman and Second Team as a junior and senior. In 2013, she was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Atlantic Region Second Team selection. Sopko scored 122 career runs and was successful on 85 of 92 stolen base attempts for a success rate of 92.4%. Sopko is seventh all-time in the ODAC with 85 career steals.
Sopko earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon in 2015 with a minor in communication studies.