Developing local softball players has been entrusted to Rodney Whiles.
Warren County Middle School athletic director Jeff Watson announced recently Whiles will be the new leader of the Lady Pioneers, taking the spot Gooby Martin vacated when he accepted the same position at WCHS.
Knowing Whiles has an eye for talent and is a strong fundamental teacher, Watson is thankful to have such a coach for the Lady Pioneers.
“Principal Gerald Tidwell and I feel very lucky to have such an outstanding coach for our girls softball team,” said Watson. “Coach Whiles wants to continue the success we’ve had in the last few years. We’re confident he’ll be able to do just that.”
Whiles believes his working relationship with Martin over the years will help him step right in with the Lady Pioneers and continue the winning tradition.
“We want to keep up the same level of play Gooby has set in place. He’s done a great job and I want to continue to advance our program,” said Whiles. “There’s several players returning from last year’s team and the talent level seems very high. Our local youth travel teams have been helping out.”
Whiles, a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, won’t have a problem with speed on the field. Hard throwers and fast runners will be welcome when he holds his first tryout in November.
Sixth-grade girls will try out from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at WCHS field. Girls in grades 7-8 will take the field from 2-4 p.m. All girls in county schools are welcome to try out.
Whiles, along with assistant coach Corey Mikkola, are ready to get to work.
“I’m really excited to have the job,” said Whiles. “Corey and I have coached together for nine years now. He’s got a lot of knowledge and an excitement for the game. We’re ready to get going.”