Who says first-day jitters only happen to players?
Katie Lou, the new coach of the La Moille-Ohio softball team, can tell you different.
“The first day, I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me. Luckily, my assistant coach Brian Chasteen was wonderful and helped me with that,” Lou said. “He’s been gone a few times having to work, and I was scared to death the first time.
“I think the girls saw it in my face and one of them cracked a joke. I gave it right back to her and from then on they realized I knew what I was talking about, could help them out and we were going to be able to have a good time while we’re doing it.”
Lou, who is a second-year teacher at Allen Middle School, takes over a team that won one game last season.
She has never coached before but played softball from grade school to summer ball to Henry High School, where she graduated from in 2007.
She said she hopes her time away from the game will be amended by working with her team.
“As a coach, I always hope that we win. I’m just looking to learn from the girls, let them teach me what it is that I need to do to get across to them,” Lou said. “I’ve learned a lot already and it’s amazing what five or six years away from the game can do to you. I just hope the girls learn something from me and can use it in the future, whether it’s next year during the season or just having fun playing slow pitch when they’re older.”
LaMoille senior Brittany Chasteen will be a main key to the team’s success as she will pitch and play first base and third base.
The other seniors on the roster are outfielder Sami O’Brien from Ohio and Ashley Schrader.
The rest of the team is two juniors, five sophomores and one freshman.
Sophomore Ragen Forbes’ strong arm, speed and accuracy at the rubber make her the ace of the team. Brittany Chasteen and freshman Rae Schultz also will be in the rotation.
The weather has forced the team to cancel two games and the Lady Lions will have to forfeit two more when spring break rolls around because a large part of the team is attending a school trip to Disney offered to band and chorus participants.
The Lady Lions are scheduled play their first game April 1.
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.