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Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Announces Softball Coaching Staff BOALSBURG, PA, January 6, 2020—Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the appointm

Courtesy of St. Joseph’s Athletic Department

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Announces Softball Coaching Staff

 

BOALSBURG, PA, January 6, 2020—Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the appointments of head softball coach William “Bill” Myers along with assistant coaches Jim Wolf and Holly Lowe.

 

Director of Athletics Dr. Rodkey believes the experience and diversity among the coaches will help to build a foundation for Saint Joseph’s first-ever softball program. “The knowledge and expertise that our coaches will bring to the team is invaluable. We are thankful that we were able to get such talented and qualified coaches. The young ladies will be able to learn from individuals who have played, coached, and officiated the game.”

 

Myers brings over 15 years of softball coaching experience; five of those years were as the head coach at West Branch Area School District where his teams were a combined 78-33 over that time. In 2015, the Warriors won the District 6 Class A title before falling 3-2 in the quarterfinals to the eventual state champions, Elk County Catholic.

 

Myers hopes to build a competitive program and develop the athletes. A true educator at heart, Myers said that the thing he is looking forward to the most is teaching. “I love teaching the game and seeing the development of the players. I’m also looking forward to the newness of it all and I think it’s going to be exciting for both the players and the coaches.”

 

Starting any program from the ground-up will certainly have its own set of challenges and Myers is looking forward to every step. “Coaching at Saint Joseph’s at this time, starting a program from the ground up, is a very unique and exciting situation.  I think it’s going to be fun to be around the group of girls that are responsible for getting this program off the ground.  They will be the one’s setting what I hope will be a very high standard for what a WolfPack softball player is to be, how they are to practice and to play.  And most importantly the kind of people they are to be on and off the field.”

 

Saint Joseph’s will play their home softball games at Hess Field and have secured some funding thanks to the generous matching gift of the Shearer family earlier this year. Now that coaches have been solidified, the next step will be to bring the team of girls together. Initially player meetings were host to over 20 girls showing interest in softball. Myers looks forward to finding the right position for each of his players. “We are going to have to find the best positions for each girl to play where they can produce at the highest level.  Everything is new, so there is a lot of trust that has to be developed between coaches and players when it comes to what we teach. We all have to be very patient through the process of it all.”

 

Joining the staff this season is Holly Lowe, a Michigan native who recently made the move to Happy Valley.  As a former infielder herself, Lowe played softball in both high school and at Adrian College where she was the 2008 and 2009 First Team All-Conference shortstop and led the team in batting average both years respectively. In addition to coaching at Saint Joseph’s, Lowe is the head coach of a summer travel team. Lowe graduated Adrian College with a Bachelor of Arts/History and from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree.

 

Rounding out the Saint Joseph’s softball staff is Jim Wolf. Wolf’s coaching accolades include 6 District wins (2 High School, 4 Little League) and 2 State Championships (1 High School, 2 Little League) in his 7 years of coaching. Wolf’s ability to connect with his players and to teach the game will be a valuable asset for the Saint Joseph’s softball program. In addition to coaching, Wolf is a PIAA official as well.

 

Dr. Rodkey believes the future of Saint Joseph’s softball looks bright. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to land coaches who understand the game and know how to develop players. The staff is very well-versed which will help set the foundation of our program today, tomorrow, and into the future.”  

 

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, founded in 2011, provides a Christ-centered environment in which students grow and develop and live out the four pillars of faith, scholarship, leadership, and service to our God, their fellow students, their families, and the community.

 

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