Last week, Bill Hatcher was named the head fast pitch softball coach at Cleveland High School. Hatcher, who is also the head football coach at Margaret Green Junior High, is no stranger to the CHS program as he was an assistant coach under then head coach David Price from 2006-08 and 2010 and 11. In 2008, Cleveland’s 2008 team won the 4A State Fast Pitch Softball Championship and finished that year with a 25-5.
Hatcher said he is looking forward to the opportunity of being the head softball coach.
“I had gotten completely out of coaching softball,” Hatcher said. “This group that is probably going to be the core group were seventh graders the last year I coached, so I’m kind of looking forward to getting back with them and seeing how they’ve progressed and taken them that step further. I’m kind of excited about that.”
Since the 2008 season, the Lady Wildcats have continued to stay competitive, as they’ve gone to the playoff in each of the past five seasons with two region championships. This past year, Cleveland went 12-10 and advanced to the second round of the 4A State Playoffs under previous coach Jody Wright.
“I’ve seen them play in a few games and like a lot at what I’ve seen,” Hatcher said about the returning players on the team. “Now, we’ve got to take it to the next step.”
Hatcher said one thing that he wants to do is make sure the team chemistry is there.
“Chemistry is one thing that’s been a plus with the groups in the past,” Hatcher said. “With me being out of it for two years and not being around the girls and seeing what their chemistry is like, that’s the biggest part of the whole thing,” Hatcher said. “As far as skills, I think we have enough there but you’ve got to have team chemistry. I know as far as the girls themselves, I don’t think chemistry will be a big problem, but it’s very important.”