After four years as an assistant coach Gregg Cowan (left) will get his chance to take over the Lady Rams softball program. Cowan is standing with his daughter, Ashely Cole, who will act as his assistant. (Submitted photo)
COVINGTON — The Lady Rams softball team have a new field, new uniforms, a new booster club and now a new coach.
Gregg Cowan, who had been helping former head coach Virginia Waters for the past four years, was recently given the opportunity to take over the helm and try to build it into a lasting and respectful program.
“I’ve been waiting so long, I’ve done travel ball, I’ve waited for my turn. We have a lot of parent support and for the first time we’re having a true booster club. It’s going to be really nice,” he said.
“Mr. (Tracey) Curtis called me in and Ashley (Cole) in and asked if they made a change would I step up and get it going in the right direction and I told him I would. I worked with coach Waters for like four years. I was actually her assistant, I thought we worked good together. It’s more about the program, we have to have parents involved. We have to have people around the community supporting us to keep this field the way we want to keep it. We have our own field and there’s so much more that you have to do than what we’ve had to do in the past. I think that had something to do with it.”
Cowan will have help from his daughter, Cole, and Heather Hodge. Both Cole and Hodge were members of the Eastside softball program before playing softball at the collegiate level.
One thing that Cowan is going to do which may be a little unorthodox is hold his assistant responsible if his players are not fundamentally sound.
“I’m sure most head coaches don’t do this, but I got on my assistants and told them everything they see, if it’s not correct I holding them accountable,” Cowan said. “We’re going to make mistakes, we’re only human, but we’re going to do it as close to right as possible. They’re going to learn this game and they’re going to learn it the right way. That’s our goal.”
Cowan has already making changes to make everyone know that this is a new era as they are out in the community selling signs that will be hung on the outfield fence as they plan on having fundraiser’s which will include the sale of Boston butts.
He is also making sure that every player has everything they need including brand new complete home and away uniforms, batting helmets, bat bags, cleats and something they have never had before — practice uniforms.
“Our motto is we’re at a new time and we’re a new team. Everything we have is new including our field,” Cowan said. “Eastside has been ahead of us for a while as far as how the program has been run. Those kids bought into it 12-14 years ago and we’re getting ready to get our program set where our parents and kids are buying into it now. Then 12 years from now we’ll look back and hopefully say our program is there.”
The other changes Cowan is going to make it to make sure the players know what to do in various situations by adding more offensive and defensive plays. He is adding strength training so there will be various threats to go yard.
“The biggest thing is that we’re taking this program into learning. That way when we play a top-notched team and there’s a situation we’ll know what they situation is and what play to make,” Cowan said. “We’ve got several girls that I’ll be very disappointed in if we don’t have several home runs over the fence this year.
“I’m excited but a little bit nervous too. As a coach, I can only put my feet solid on the ground and go straight ahead with it. No matter how bad it goes, we have to stay on that line and go with it.”