Friday, June 13, 2014
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COVINGTON — The Lady Tigers new head softball coach is bringing enthusiasm to the table since experience is not something Brandy Keeter can provide.
Keeter, who sat behind the plate as a catcher, is ready to take the helm for her head coaching debut. The former Eagle’s Landing and 2010 Mercer graduate is taking over after their previous coach stepped down after only one season.
“They’re not concerned who is coaching as long as they know you’re out there having their best interest in mind,” Keeter said. “I’ve always wanted to be a head coach and now that I’m here I have the excitement of it finally happening. I just want to go in and be successful.”
Having started playing softball since she was 4-years old, Keeter has a lot of experience as a player which she hopes will translate into coaching. One thing that she hopes will make that shift from player to coach easier is her position as a player.
“Because I’m a catcher you’re watching everything and you’re pretty much involved in every play. I’m aware of all aspects of the game as far as pitch calling, what plays are going on and knowing where everyone is suppose to be should help with incorporating different things on offense and defense,” Keeter said.
A good aspect of being a coach a lot of experience as a player is that she is not stuck on any particular coaching philosophy.
With the team having eight rising seniors on the team, she is going to see how the team reacts under certain situations as to what kind of game they will play.
“It depends which direction you have to take it whether it’s small ball trying to manufacture runs or if they’re able to go up there and do what they know what do it,” Keeter said. “It all depends on the team.
“They came off a good season last year so they still seem motivated going into the summer and eventually the fall season. They only lost three seniors last year so they’re returning a majority of their players. They have experience and their hard work has shown already over the summer. That should help us be successful in the fall.”