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January 16, 2013

New NHS softball coach getting early start on her dream

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Harrison had the opportunity to play professionally but chose instead to chase her coaching dream.

“This is something that I thought might happen through the years, but the opportunity came up and I couldn’t pass it up,” she said. “I couldn’t be more excited.”

Harrison will continue with her duties at Southmoore through the spring semester but looks forward to taking charge of her new program just as soon as the rules allow, or a couple of weeks after all spring sports seasons conclude.

It is unclear if she will assume leadership of the NHS slow-pitch program. She isn’t looking forward to rocking any boats, but has made it clear she would be willing to handle NHS softball year round.

“I told (assistant superintendent in charge of personnel) Pat Nolen I want to make this program something different,” Harrison said. “I told him I have no problem taking over the slow-pitch program … If I can stay with them year round, that would be great.”

Gonzales, still the slow-pitch coach, said Tuesday he didn’t know what his future held beyond the spring. Also, he is a fan of Harrison’s hire.

“She’s young, she’s smart, she’s got a good background and she’s got energy,” he said. “I think that’s what the program needs.”

Gonzales believes Harrison is coming in at the perfect time, with most of the team coming back and new resources, including an indoor practice facility, becoming available.

“I think it’s a good fit,” he said.

Harrison can’t wait.

“My passion is working with young athletes,” she said.

Clay Horning

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