All-Mountain Coach of the Year

Coach of The Year

Brandi Jo Howard

Pikeville

Howard had a lot on her plate during her first year as head coach. She took over a young team that had won the two previous 15th Region titles and the last five 15th Region All “A” Classic championships. Howard helped Pikeville keep the15th All “A” Classic streak alive as she led the Lady Panthers to their sixth straight title. Pikeville won the 59th District title and advanced to the 15th Region semifinals. Pikeville finished the season with a 26-12 record in her first season. Pikeville graduated four seniors, but the bulk of the lineup will be back.

Coach of the Year nominees:

Derrick Newsome

Pike Central

Newsome had a huge first season at Pike Central as well. The Lady Hawks advanced to their first-ever 15th Region championship game. Newsome led Pike Central to an 18-20 record this season and the 60th District championship.

Bobby Ratliff

Perry Central

Ratliff led the Lady Commodores to an 17-15 record. Perry Central won the 54th District championship and advanced to the 14th Region championship before falling to Wolfe County.

Randy Keeton

Paintsville

Keeton and the Lady Tigers finished with their third straight 20-win season. The Lady Tigers fell to Johnson Central in an 1-0 game in 10 innings in the 57th District championship. Paintsville had a good mix of youth and veteran talent on the roster.

Rocky Hall

Tug Valley

Tug Valley had a big season. The Lady Panthers finished with a 22-12 record under the leadership of Hall. His daughter, freshman pitcher, Autumn Hall was named to the All-State Team in West Virginia.

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