With the coldest temperatures of the year upon us, why not talk about spring sports? Warren County Middle School had a changing of the guard on the softball field after a fantastic season and named a new head coach.
WCMS athletic director Betsy McBride announced a new head coach for the Lady Pioneer fast-pitch softball team for 2016. Marc Pyburn was named head coach after former head coach Rodney Whiles resigned after one season with the Lady Pioneers.
Coach Whiles took a talented squad from WCMS to a conference championship in one season at the helm. WCMS lost back-to-back games to a powerful Coffee County team and the Lady Pioneers settled for a second-place finish.
The Lady Pioneers lost a total of nine players from last year’s team. However, coach Pyburn says there is no shortage of talented softball players who remain at the middle school even though 80 percent of the girls showing up are seventh- and sixth-graders.
Coach Pyburn is currently the head basketball coach for the Dibrell Lady Wildcats 7-8 team. He brings a very competitive spirit along with a winning attitude. He has won the county championship multiple times while at Dibrell.
He has also spent the last four years traveling with his Aftershock fast-pitch softball team. Aftershock has competed in well over 100 games in various tournaments all over the Midstate.
Pyburn has surrounded himself with a wealth of knowledge. He named assistants Nick Hollis, Monica Lane, and John Simmons, all who reside in the Warren County area.
Hollis has 12 seasons of fast-pitch experience with his primary focus with the team known as the Heri-canes. The last four seasons Hollis has traveled quite extensively with the Her-icanes and played in right at 500 games. The Her-icanes finished runner-up in Myrtle Beach last season and to say Hollis likes softball is a huge understatement.
The youngest addition to the coaching staff is no stranger to the pitching circle here in Warren County. Monica Lane brings a fundamental knowledge and understanding of pitching mechanics to the team. Lane grew up in the youth leagues here in McMinnville and played at WCMS under former coach Tessa Bouldin Turner.
She continued her way up the ladder at WCHS and started out her time at second base as a freshman and sophomore. Her junior and senior years, former coach David Upton moved Lane to the pitching circle where she led the Lady Pioneers.
She attended Motlow on a scholarship and is currently a student at MTSU. Lane has also taught pitching lessons to many girls currently in the local youth league programs.
John Simmons has primarily coached 18 years of basketball in the middle school programs in Murfreesboro. He has also spent time in the dugout while around the diamond. Simmons was very eager to get on board with other like-minded coaches.
Coach Pyburn and his assistants all agree winning championships is the main focus.
The Lady Pioneers will be competing against each other for their positions on the field at all times and the Lady Pioneers will be deep in hitting and pitching. Coach Pyburn says his staff has no shortage of knowledge and is dedicated to building a program.
The Lady Pioneers first tournament is set for Feb. 25-26 in Moore County.