COVINGTON — Russell Brock is probably just as excited as his players for the start of the 2013 season.
It’s been more than 10 years since the first-year Alcovy head softball coach was on the field but his enthusiasm for the game is certainly not lacking.
“It was very refreshing to get back, I missed it,” Brock said. “The fundamentals and basics are all the same.”
Before leaving the classroom, Brock was the head baseball coach at Greene County for nine years before being asked to be the head coach for the newly-formed softball program. Brock was also an assistant football coach for 10 years.
“It’s different coaching girls,” Brock said. “The girls are willing to work hard and are very coach-able, maybe much more than boys.”
Hired in late June, Brock has already seen what the Lady Tigers team is capable of having seen them practice and play in July. Alcovy participated in several tournaments, including a tournament at North Georgia College at the end of the month where, according to Brock, they did very well.
“It’s a great group of girls, they seem to want to get hard. They want some direction and I want to give that to them. They had a great year last year and we want to build on that,” Brock said. “All the girls are very important, everyone of them. We’re returning six or seven starters. There’s a lot of speed but their hitting needs some work. Fielding-wise they’re excellent and we have a couple of good pitchers and two good catchers. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t do well.”
Brock’s way of looking at the game is quite simple. It was a philosophy that worked more than 10 years ago and it is one that he hopes will work in the present.
“Offensively my philosophy is to run the bases and force the other team to make plays,” he said. “Defensively I just want to cut down on errors and play solid defense.”
The Lady Tigers won the Region 2-AAAAAA championship and went to the second round of the playoffs. After sweeping Westlake by a score of 39-3 in the two game series, Alcovy lost to Hillgrove losing two of the three games.
“We plan on going further this year,” Brock said. “We look forward to a good year and hopefully we can build on last season.”