Kevin Meacham has been named the new TCHS softball coach and has been approved for the post by the board of education.
"We’re pleased to get someone with Kevin’s experience and enthusiasm of the game. We know he will fit nicely into our current staff of coaches and look forward to what he brings to the table," said TCHS Athletic Director Taylor Sparks.
Meacham, 27, is a 1996 graduate of Hopkinsville High School and later from Murray State University.
He lettered five years for Hopkinsville’s baseball team and played for the Tiger football team also.
Meacham coached the Hopkinsville Middle School developmental team and does have some softball coaching experience.
"I was an assistant coach at Murray High while I was at Murray and enjoyed that experience," Meacham said, adding he only sees pitching as the major difference between softball and baseball.
"The fundamentals on the field are the same, and the pitchers still have to throw strikes. It’s just teaching the mechanics of pitching in softball that will be different," he said.
Meacham replaces Curtis Higgins, who resigned with a 29-46 record in three years as head coach. Trigg was 25-24 the past two years, including the school’s first-ever winning record (14-9) in fast pitch softball.
"Curtis has built the program up in the past few years and done a fine job with it. I’m ready to take the program the next level and get more of our young girls involved," he said.
Meacham plans to field a middle school team and play a schedule of games at that level as a way of creating a feeder system to the varsity program.
Getting players out to play is another priority for the new coach.
"We have to get the girls out to play. I guarantee there are ten girls walking the halls that could start on the team. The town is full of good athletes, and you only need nine to have a good program," he said.
Meacham has already met with prospective players and told them of his expectations for both the offseason and the regular softball season.
"We want to get the excitement into the program and want them to think they can win," he said. "They need to realize they can work and have fun at the same time."
Meacham said he is hoping to have two days of workouts during the winter months that will include some conditioning and fundamental work.
The Lady Wildcats will have some major holes to fill next year after losing their battery and middle infield to transfers and graduation.