After 17 seasons, 11 district titles, a pair of Seventh Region crowns and a trip to the state tournament final, Todd Driskell is stepping down as head baseball coach at Male.
The 45-year-old said the time commitment has become too much.
“It’s just very demanding and…you hardly get to take any time and enjoy a lot of the things with family and friends,” he said.
Driskell, a 1986 Male graduate, became head coach in 1996 after spending five seasons as an assistant. His first regional title came in 2003 and that team advanced to the state final before falling to Paul Dunbar. In 2010 the Bulldogs lost in the state semifinals to Harrison County.
Last season Male finished with a record of 28-11, losing to St. Xavier in the regional final.
Driskell said the decision took time.
“It’s probably been creeping into the forefront the last two or three years,” he said. “I felt like I may not be able to give that one hundred and ten percent like I had in the past.”
While Driskell will continue teaching at Male, he’s looking forward to some reclaimed time come next spring.
Watson at Eastern
Following nearly a decade of middle school and youth travel team coaching, Tom Watson has been named head baseball coach at Eastern.
He replaces 11-year veteran John Morris, who went 338-89 and led the Eagles to Seventh Region runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2011.
“I’ve coached as young as the eight-year-old level all the way up through high school,” said Watson, who worked with Eastern’s fall and summer teams the past year. “Even though I know there were a lot of other applicants and candidates for this position, I think it helped me already having some knowledge of the organization (and) of the players.”
Eastern finished with a 32-8 record last season after falling to Male in the regional semifinals.
Maya McClendon, a senior-to-be at Manual, has been named to the 12-player USA Volleyball Women’s Junior National Team.
The 5-foot-10 outside hitter was selected from a 24-player pool that convened in Des Moines, Iowa, last month for two weeks of training and an international tournament.
“I was extremely excited to know that I made the 12 (-player roster),” said McClendon, who plays for the Kentucky-Indiana Volleyball Academy and has committed to the University of Louisville. “There are so many good girls here and everyone’s fighting for every spot. It’s constant competition.”
The freshly assembled team will compete in the Aug. 19-27 NORCECA Continental Championships in Nicaragua.
The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association recently named its 2012 high school All-Americans and Kentucky ranked 20th nationally with 49 qualifying performances. California was No. 1 with 750 and Pennsylvania second with 366.
To qualify swimmers needed a top-100 performance nationally. Here are the local honorees:
100 Breast, 82nd, 1:04.54
100 Back, 88th, 56.16
100 Fly, 78th, 55.75
50 Free, 10th, 23.04
100 Free, 78th, 51.18
200 Medley Relay – Holt, Rist, Greenburg, and Jordan Caravona, 35th, 1:45.54
200 Free Relay – Love, Holt, Caravona and Kim Zehnder, 67th, 1:36.81
400 Free Relay – Love, Zehnder, Rist and Elizabeth House, 55th, 3:29.92
200 Free, 87th, 1:50.60
500 Free, 22nd, 4:50.00
200 IM, 79th, 2:04.08
100 Breast, 44th, 1:03.83
Becca Corbett, Diving
200 Medley Relay – Mercke, Ashley Leclair, Victoria Horsman and Madison Lichtefeld, 43rd, 1:45.98
200 Free Relay – Mercke, Leclair, Lichtefeld and Rebecca Sears, 64th, 1:36.76
Thomas Cooper (Trinity)
50 Free, 30th, 20.66
100 Free, 11th, 44.71
Trinity’s Jason Hatcher, a senior-to-be at defensive end, committed to Southern California last Friday in a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder also considered the University of Louisville and Tennessee, but said he’d always “wanted to get away and go somewhere else for college.”
Hatcher recorded 40.5 tackles last season, including seven sacks, as part of a Trinity defense that allowed only 8.3 points per game.
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