Former Donelson Christian head coach
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian announced Tuesday morning the hiring of Regan Ingram as softball coach, taking over for Jody Atwood who announced his resignation May 27.
Regan comes to FCS after five years as head coach at Donelson Christian Academy. In 2014, Ingram was named the Softball Division II A East/Middle Coach of the Year. His 2016 squad went 14-14.
According to school President Jon Shoulders, Ingram will head up security at Friendship and will serve as assistant athletic director under John McNeal.
"I have known Regan and his family his entire life,' McNeal said. "I coached against him when he played at DCA and later as he coached there and I have a deep respect for him both as a player and a coach. I think he will be a great addition to our school and a good influence for our student athletes.
"I am excited to see the direction he will take the softball team as he helps us continue the success of our program."
Ingram is a 2005 DCA graduate. He helped the 2004 Wildcat football team win the TSSAA State Championship with a perfect 15-0 season.
An All-Region performer while at DCA, Ingram is a 2009 graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Physical Education where he served as a student assisant with the softball team.
Ingram takes over a Lady Commander program that won 75 games over the past two seasons, earning two straight berths in the Division II-A state finals, and winning the championship in 2015.
"This is a great opportunity to continue a winning tradition here at FCS," Ingram said Tuesday after meeting with team members and parents.
"There are tremendous athletes here who love softball. The school invests in the softball program and I hope to carry on that tradition.
"In a perfect world, I'd like us to win and to have fun. The more fun the girls have, I believe the harder they're going to play.
"I believe I'm a player's coach. I communicate with my players, making sure they feel confortable out on the field, not complicate things and put the girls in a situation where they can succeed.
"Having played against this program in the past, I know Friendship Christian has tremendous hitters all up and down the lineup."
In addition to leading the softball program, Ingram will also assist with the football program, helping in the defensive secondary.
Ingram and his wife Katie live in Mt. Juliet. They have a one year-old daughter, Anna.