Holcomb to concentrate on volleyball
In the wake of Brandy Holcomb's resignation as coach of the Watertown softball program, WHS principal Jeff Luttrell has promoted Sarah Reeder to the head coaching position.
Reeder, a 2008 Watertown graduate, has worked with the program for the past three seasons.
Holcomb, a teacher and coach at Watertown for more than a decade, will still coach volleyball.
"I love Watertown and I'm thrilled to death for this opportunity," Reeder said."There's a great group of girls here and the support for softball in Watertown has really grown. I appreciate Mr. Luttrell's faith in me."
After a solid career at WHS, Reeder pitched on the college level at Maryville College.
Upon graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher in Watertown while helping with softball for two seasons as a non-faculty coach. She just wrapped up her first year as an Art teacher at Watertown High, while helping with softball and basketball.
Holcomb, coach of the Watertown softball program for the past 10 seasons, will remain on the faculty and will focus on coaching the volleyball team -- a program she started from scratch eight years ago.
In her decade at WHS, the former Cumberland infielder has taught English and Theatre while coordinating graduation and serving as Student Council sponsor.
"I'm walking away from softball at the right time," Holcomb said. "Sarah played for me and I have total faith in her ability to move the program forward.
"Sarah was a hard worker as a player, and she's the same way as a coach."
Holcomb also said that in addition to being able to spend more time with her young family, the softball and volleyball teams would benefit from having coaches concentrating on just the one sport.
"With me coaching both sports, I'd move from the end of softball right into the start of volleyball," Holcomb said.
"This way, both programs will get the off-season and pre-season work they need."