STOCKBRIDGE — There is a new coach in town at Woodland High School and he isn’t new to the game of softball in anyway.
Woodland’s fifth head softball coach in four years brings in Ken Deyton. Deyton spent 10 years on the collegiate level at Georgia Perimeter College and Gordon State College and was behind a lot of the recruitment in Henry County.
When the opportunity at Woodland opened itself, it was just an easy decision to move over to Woodland High. But he’s already looking forward to the 2019 season.
”It’s a tough region for sure,” Deyton said. “I expect us to compete in every game and be at our best every game.”
That expectation to be in the fight of every game leads to the Wolfpack having a lot of work to do. Players want to return to the state playoffs and the program hasn’t been in the mix for some time but Deyton says that he thinks the program will be part of the playoff picture.
”The players have worked hard this summer on the field and in the weight room, and will continue to work hard,” Deyton said. “We have some talent for sure — they believe in each other — and believe in what we are doing, so I think you will see us there in the end. I think you build your legacy every day, and they started that back in the summer by committing to making this a great season.”
The Lady Wolfpack improved in 2018 to where they were a competitor in close games once more. But the team didn’t win those close games they needed. However, it may be a good thing that they didn’t close out those games because the amount of experience gained.
The Lady Wolfpack also have four seniors at their disposal expected to handle the expectations behind Deyton and setting the tone for the next wave of youth at Woodland.
Madison Coleman, Anyla Fulton, Jordan Caple and Jessica Grimes are all back in action and Deyton says they’ve been fantastic.
”I really didn’t know what to expect being their fifth coach in four years,” Deyton admitted. “But they just want to play at a high level and so do I. So, we immediately had that in common. These seniors are committed to making this a great season, they have led by example this summer, and are setting the standard for years to come.
”Grimes will see time in the outfield this season, and be a table setter at the plate,” he continued. “Caple will lead our infield playing mainly short stop, and I expect a stellar season at the plate. Fulton can cover some ground in the outfield, and I think along with Caple you will see them on base a lot. Coleman brings a ton of power to the plate and should be one of our biggest RBI leaders.”