Coffey desired to coach Ladycats...Now he is
The Pendleton County Ladycats Fastpitch Softball team has a new head coach who is no stranger to success.
Last week, Pendleton County High School Athletic Director Jordan Woodruff announced via press release that Rob Coffey had been hired to replace Mary Pettit, who resigned in October after leading the dramatic turnaround of the program over the past four seasons.
Coffey had served as head coach at Highlands for the previous seven seasons, guiding the team to four regional championship appearances and two titles along with 151 victories overall.
Coffey, who resides in Cold Springs, says he’s very excited to take over a program that he views as uber talented and has an opportunity to become a powerhouse throughout the area for many more year’s to come.
“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to coach this team and this is the job I wanted as soon as I found out it was available. I had some other opportunities presented to me but there is definitely something special happening with this program and I want to do what I can to help them maintain the success they’ve had,” Coffey said.
Earlier this year, when the Ladycats played Coffey’s Highlands squad, Coffey admitted that at one point during the game he looked at his assistant coaches and expressed how he would like to coach the Ladycats club if he ever got the opportunity...fast forward several months later and now he has his chance.
“You can quickly see the passion, intensity and enthusiasm these girls play with when they’re on the field,” he explained.
Coffey describes himself as an intense and confident coach who emphasizes fundamentals and employing plenty of in-game strategies to help win games. He says he’ll also look to utilize the depth of the Ladycats roster. “I want to make sure all of my players are fundamentally sound and can all be ready to step into any game situation and be prepared to help us win. I want my players to be confident in their skills.”
Coffey will have plenty of talent at his disposal led by Samantha and Olivia Verst, Raegan Carlisle, Kayley Bruener and Maddy Musk, plus a slew of talented group of newcomers who will be looking to make an impact on the varsity level.
He says one aspect he wants his new team to embrace is knowing that given their success from last season, that going forward they will be viewed as a big target that rival schools will be looking to take down.
“The girls will need to shift their focus from the ‘hunter’ to the ‘hunted’.
They aren’t sneaking up on anyone now and they will have to be on top of their game day in and day out. I want us to be tested in every way we can during the regular season so that we will be fully prepared to rise to the occasion on the big stage.”
Pendleton County High School Ladycats finished the 2019 season with a 26-15 record along with the 38th District Championship, 10th Region Championship and Semi-State 5 championship.