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Coulter named Commanderette softball coach for 2013 season

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By Brandon Mattingly

 

The Washington County High School softball team will have its third head coach in as many seasons in 2013, but it will be a familiar face in the dugout with Paul Coulter stepping up from his assistant role from the last two seasons.

Coulter has coached baseball or softball at some level for 12 years, as well as being a former basketball coach and assistant football coach at North Washington for seven years.

 “I’m really looking forward to it,” Coulter said. “Of this group of girls, I’ve coached most of them since tee ball and took this group to the Little League state tournament. I’m looking forward to coaching them to finish out their high school career.”

The Commanderettes will return every starter from the 2012 season, so having continuity despite a coaching change could go a long way toward the team’s success. As an assistant the last two seasons, Coulter knows what he has to work with and knows the opponents his team will be facing, and he said he likes the way WC stacks up against the competition.

“I think we’ll be really competitive in our district. We beat every team in the district last year, but we just couldn’t get the wins at the end when we really needed it,” he said. “We’ve always got a tough region, but returning everybody and if they play to the ability I know they have, I think we’ll be in every game.”

Coulter taking the reins means the girls won’t need to make any major adjustments, and can pick up right where they left off when the season ended in May.

“Since I’ve coached them so long, I think that gives us a big advantage,” he said. “I’m not a new coach starting from scratch and trying to learn who plays where. I’ve seen what this group of girls can do for about seven or eight years.”