LINDEN – North Montgomery Athletic Director Matt Merica didn’t have to go far to find his new Varsity softball coach.
He just had to look down through the program to find Jessie June, who coached at the youth level. She will take over for CJ Adams.
“I’m excited to take the reins of the program and get started right away,” June said. “I know they’ve struggled the last few years, but I know they have talent, and I want to help build on that.”
June, a speech pathologist, played at Clinton Prairie High School. She had numerous offers to play collegiately but chose Purdue on an academic scholarship. While there, and at IU, where she earned her Masters, she worked in the athletic departments mentoring athletes who needed academic help.
Those leadership abilities are something that she hopes to bring to the Charger program. “I think having a woman figure, who’s been there before, will help the girls relate,” June said.
Merica is looking forward to working with June as well. “I am extremely excited for Coach June and the players within the program,” Merica said. “Her years of experience, knowledge of the game, and strong work ethic will take the softball program in a positive direction.”
The Chargers, who finished 1-22 last year, will return their two top pitchers in Katharyn Sabens and Morgan Hayes. They also have a solid nucleus of youth returning that will look to take a step in a positive direction.
“We will have a call out in a few weeks to get ready for offseason workouts,” said June. “I believe that teams are built in the offseason, and we’ll get started right away.”
“I’ve already had a few incoming freshman approach me to play travel ball,” she continued. “So, that’s exciting as a new coach.”
June said the facilities, the other coaches, and the support that she will receive from the athletic department, and the administration, was one of the reasons that she, and fiancé, Jeff Whaley, decided to take on the challenge.
“It’s been a goal of mine to become a varsity head coach,” she said. “This opportunity became available, and I couldn’t pass it up. Matt has been very supportive of not only softball, but all sports at North Montgomery, and he wants to help us build the program.”
With March 6, and the first practice, just 213 days away, you can bet Coach June will be hard at work to make the Lady Chargers a force on the diamond.