Herring Introduced as Cooper's New Softball Coach

Published 06/20 2014 09:18PM

Updated 06/21 2014 03:21AM

Cooper's search for a new head softball coach officially ended on Friday with the introduction of Stacey Herring as the leader of the Lady Cougars.

Herring comes to Cooper from Class 2A (previously Class 1A) Eula after 17 years at the helm of the Lady Pirates program.

During her time at Eula, Herring led the Lady Pirates to 302 victories, and a state title in 2006.

Herring is no stranger to Abilene either. Prior to going to Eula, she started the Wylie softball program in 1994. Two years later she led the Lady Bulldogs to the state tournament.

She will now be charged with taking over a Cooper program that has seen four different head coaches in the past four years. Including 2014 head coach Ron Howard, who left Cooper a week ago for Iowa Park after going 5-20 in his only season.

At the same time, Herring sees a Lady Cougar team that has some potential despite having a few rocky seasons.

"Cooper has some opportunities I feel that will be a good move for me. This coming year they're going to be going into a different district with five teams, and I feel that we're going to be very successful, and have a very good chance of making the playoffs. I'm one of those people that's born and raised and will probably die in theis 40 mile radius, and I'm here in this community, and I expect to be here for a very long time. I live here in Abilene, my son graduated from Cooper in '07. So, I feel it will be a good fit for me here," said Herring.

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