Wines says it’s time
After being associated with the Whittell softball program for the past 11 years, Lindsay Wines has decided to step down as the Warriors’ head coach. Wines, however, will remain the coach of the cross country and Alpine skiing programs.
“There are two main reasons,” Wines said. “The first one is that I am hoping to retire soon from education and I need to free up time to earn some more credits so that I can earn more money in retirement. The other reason is my time has come. I’ve been doing this a long time.”
Wines has been instrumental in turning around the program, leading the Warriors to two zone championships in the last four years. Whittell went 12-16 last spring and fell one game short of making the 2A state tournament, which would’ve been its third state appearance in four years.
Of the six Warriors named to the all-league teams in 2005, three will return next season. Abby Kingman, a sophomore-to-be, batted .333 with nine RBI and became the first softball player in school history to be named first team all-league as a freshman.
Seniors-to-be Katie Komorowski and Holly Connelly were both second-team selections. Austin Harrington, who was one of the Warriors’ top pitchers, will be a sophomore and senior-to-be Tara Scaduto should anchor the outfield.
“I don’t believe I’m leaving the program empty,” Wines said. “I think there are a lot of talented players that are coming back. I don’t see any reason why the team won’t continue to get better. These kids coming back are coachable and enjoy playing softball.”
Recently graduated softball star Anna Kingman, who turned out to be the Warriors’ most decorated player, said Wines’ influence on the program was immense. But with all the talent returning next season, she believes the team is in fine shape.
“She will definitely be missed,” said Anna Kingman, who was named Northern 2A player of the year the past two seasons. “She’s given a lot to the school and now she’s going to have that time for herself now. She has a good practice attitude, a good game attitude and a good off-the-field attitude. She’s really good for the players.”
Wines has been Whittell’s head coach the past seven seasons. In that time, Whittell dropped in classification from 3A to 2A, a move that translated into more wins after several winless seasons in 3A. But this past year, the Warriors played and beat several 3A schools, an indication of the program’s rising talent.
“We’ve come a long ways since I’ve been there and I think that’s only going to continue,” Wines said. “Whoever takes over is going to get a real talented team.”
Whittell athletic director Joey Davis was unavailable for comment but Wines said the search has already begun for her replacement.
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