By: Payge Clark
January 25, 2019
As many of you may know or may have heard Mapletown girls softball team has a new head coach for the varsity team. Mrs. Cole is part of the Special Education Unit here at Mapletown, she was one of the many new hired teachers this year. Cole was lined up to be the Jr. high softball coach, however, an opening for varsity came along and Cole was ready for this new adventure.
BACKGROUND ON COACH COLE-
Coach Cole has played softball since the age of 5 and has been coaching since the age of 19. From the age of 19 till now she has been the head coach or assistant coach for 4 different teams, she was also apart of a few teams herself. The summer Cole was home from college and after college she coached a travel ball team called the Pittsburgh Spirit. In the fall of 2010, while she was student teaching, she was an assistant coach at Saint Francis University while the head coach had her baby. After college, she began her teaching career and became the head coach at West Allegheny for a year before she moved to Washington County. When she moved she was given a job at Waynesburg High School as well as the spot for Assistant coach for a few years. Sometimes in between coaching and sometimes while coaching she too was playing softball. Cole played at Saint Francis for 3 years- this is a small division 1 university. In 2011 Cole went to IUP to play her last season of softball as well as to obtain her Master’s degree. While at IUP, her team won the PSAC and were on their way to the college world series. Cole’s team finished 7th in the NATION! Finishing college early for her paid off because not only did she get her Master’s degree, she won a championship! Now Coach Cole will be furthering her coaching career here at Mapletown Jr./Sr. High School.
INTERVIEW BETWEEN COACH COLE AND MYSELF
-What is your attitude toward this new season/ fresh start?
Cole- ” If the players work hard and put in time, results will follow.”
-What do you hope for the girls to take out of this season?
Cole- “I hope they will learn many different skills and develop into better ball players with positive attitudes.”
-How do you plan on helping this team?
Cole- “I plan on helping this team by beginning with the basics. If you don’t have the basics, you will struggle to succeed. Once we have the basics, then I will introduce more advanced play so we can step up our game.”
-How do you plan to help the girl’s individually?
Cole- “Individually, I will build on a players strength, but work on their needs as well. We will do a lot of drills that may seem repetitive, but it takes 1,000 times doing something to get it right.”
-What is your short-term goal for the team?
Cole- “Short-term goal for the team is to make it to play-offs again.”
-What is your long-term goal for the team?
Cole- “The long-term goal is to be number 1 in the section and make some noise in the playoffs.”
-What are you looking for in a team?
Cole- “I am looking for positive attitudes and people who are willing to put in the work and give it everything they have. Remember I don’t know any of you, so this is a clear slate for you all. You should challenge each other and be competitive with each other because it will make the team better. Not in a way to hurt each other, but to build the program. The best 9 will play every game.”
-What is your coaching style?
Cole- “I try to be as positive as possible. Our game is about failure. If you fail 7/10 times that is considered good. I try to take it in stride and work on what we need to improve upon that day. I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect you to work hard because it shows in how you play. I expect players to carry themselves in a manner your grandma wouldn’t be ashamed of on and off the field.”
-When are you hoping to kick-start this season?
Cole- “I am hoping to have our first open gym on Thursday 1/24/19. It is very hard to get gym tie around here, but I’m doing my best with what I am given.”
Seems like Coach Cole has great plans for the future of the varsity softball team here at Mapletown. We all can’t wait to see what this years team can do. LETS GO MAPLES!