Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

Edinger named varsity softball coach

Harvard School District 50 Athletic Director Matt Rife had to scramble last month when varsity girls softball head coach Rick Cartwright resigned less than two months before the start of the season. Rife didn’t have to look far for a replacement as Harvard High School physical education teacher Becky Edinger has been named the team’s new head coach.

“We’re excited to have Becky as the head coach,” Rife said. “When I met her last year just prior to the school year, I thought she was a very high-energy person, someone the kids could relate to, and that she would be a good head coach some day. “She’s been part of the program for a few years and has seen how it’s run and learned quite a bit from Rick. She is ready to take on the lead role.”

Edinger, who has been on the softball coaching staff for seven years, said she can’t wait for the season to start.

“I’m excited,” Edinger said. “It’s a great group of girls that we have. They are hardworking. They know the game. We just have to get better as a team. That’s what we are doing every game and every practice – trying to get better as a team.”

The Hornets have only two seniors this season, Kaylee Bischke and Katelyn Proffitt, but Edinger is confident the team has the necessary experience to be successful.

“We do have some experience coming back,” Edinger said. “We’ll be fine. I know how the girls work. I know what they are capable of. I like where they are as a team. It’s just going to be a matter of us improving every day.”

Edinger said she hopes to continue to turn the program in the right direction.

“I like to compete, but it is their game,” Edinger said. “I’m intense, but it’s an intensity that doesn’t overshadow what the kids are doing. I have high expectations.”

Rife said he is happy to have a teacher in the school leading the program.

“I think it’s good for the kids,” Rife said. “They see her in P.E. class doing good things all day. Now it’s just translating it to the softball field.”

Nikole Schulty, who pitched at Woodstock High School and Oakland University, will be the junior varsity head coach. Harvard High School teacher Greg Aldridge, who works with Edinger on LINK Crew, a freshmen transition program, will be the assistant varsity coach.

Edinger is excited to work with Aldridge.

“We know how each other works,” Edinger said. “He has some background in athletics. That will be a big help. And the kids are excited.”