Black is new blue coach

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Jul 17, 2014 - 8:41:10 AM

READY TO GOGinger Black may be the new softball coach at Bray-Doyle, but she is no stranger to the campus having spent time as a substitute teacher last year.
The Lady Donkeys began practice last week for the upcoming season with nine players on the high school team and five on the junior high.
“We don’t have any seniors and we have one freshman,” Black said. “I haven’t been able to get a hold of all the kids yet with summer vacation.”
Even so, she likes the look of her team.
“We’re very young, but they work hard,” Black said. “They are willing to put in the effort.”
Black moved to the area with her family when her husband Robert got a job locally. She and her husband have two daughters  - Triniti and Alexandria. Both are second graders.
Black’s job will be to try to establish some stability in the program. She is the fourth coach in as many years.
“That has hurt the numbers,” Black said. “They need some stability.”
She is a certified teacher in health and physical education.
“They didn’t have any openings in my area, but I told them I was willing to do it without teaching,” Black said. “I’m in it for the kids. I want to be reliable for them.”
Black’s high school coaching background is in volleyball, having coached a year at Moore, but she has a softball background.
“I have been coaching little league softball, and I’ve been involved with softball for 35 years,” Black said.
Not only has things been going well with the team, but also other areas.
“I’ve felt welcome,” Black said. “The administrative has been very supportive, and getting us what we need. The parents have been very involved.”
Bray has a scrimmage on the road Aug. 4 before opening the season Aug. 11 at home against Stratford.