LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — With just a few days remaining to submit an application, the search for the next head softball coach at Motlow College is set to enter a new phase, and with fall semester classes starting the need to fill the position has become more urgent.
“Applications must be received by Aug. 28, and until then we won’t know how many folks have applied,” said Dan McShea, interim athletic director at Motlow. “We are searching for the best and the brightest. We are searching for a coach who will continue the outstanding winning tradition of Motlow softball. Almost one month into my time as interim athletic director, I’m excited about the opportunity to have input on this coaching hire.”
The winning tradition is well documented since the College began its fast-pitch softball program in 1995. From the opening season until just four years ago the program never finished a year with a losing record. Overall, under five different head coaches, the softball program has compiled 693 wins against only 382 losses.
Although the program struggled to regain its footing after the departure of 14-year head coach Gary Barfield in 2011, Tori Raby-Gentry got it back on track with a 27-19 record last season before stepping down in July. McShea expects the winning trend to continue during the upcoming season.
“Our softball roster is very talented and our softball facility is receiving a major upgrade,” he continued. “The next head softball coach at Motlow College is going to inherit a very good situation, thanks in large part to the efforts of Coach Raby-Gentry, both as softball coach and athletic director, before her departure.”
McShea is not only excited to get a new softball coach in order to begin getting the team ready for the fall playing season, but also to complete Motlow’s coaching staff.
“With classes beginning and all our student-athletes on campus, as coaches we can now provide direct guidance to our students at Motlow College,” McShea added. “The addition of our new softball coach will complete our coaching team, which has helped guide our student-athletes to one of the highest graduation rates in the state.”
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