BRHS grad Hilyer named new Coosa softball coachPublished 10:13am Friday, August 1, 2014
After consecutive trips to the playoffs, the Central High School of Coosa County Lady Cougars’ softball team will have a new leader in the dugout in 2014.
But, she’ll be a pretty familiar face to the players.
Kelli Hilyer has been tabbed as head coach of the Cougars’ softball team. Hilyer served as an assistant coach for the team over the past couple of years.
In the previous campaign, Hilyer was the interim head coach during the second half of the season as now former skipper C.A. Doyle battled health issues.
In 2014, it’ll be Hilyer’s show to run, and she said that last year’s experience has helped to prepare her for the role.
“I feel like it gave me more of an opportunity to step up and be more prepared for this head coaching position,” she said. “The girls and I worked well together, and we’re on the same page heading into 2014. I think it takes camaraderie – the girls have to work together toward a goal. I’m big on teamwork, and you have to do whatever it takes for the team to succeed.”
Hilyer is no stranger to the coaching ranks at Central-Coosa, or in Tallapoosa County.
She has served as an assistant coach in some fashion for the Lady Cougars for the past six years. Before that, her coaching resume includes stops at Benjamin Russell High School, Dadeville High School and Edward Bell High School (now known as the Edward Bell Technical Center).
Hilyer, who graduated from Benjamin Russell High School, also played collegiate softball at Faulkner University, where she pitched for the Lady Eagles. While there, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education.
Hilyer said she is already looking toward 2014. The team has lost four seniors, but with back-to-back playoff berths, Hilyer said she plans to continue to lead Central-Coosa to the playoffs.
“The majority of the team will be returning, and we’ve been to Regionals for the past two years,” she said. “I’m hoping to do the same, but instead of finishing second in the area as we have over the past two seasons, I want us to finish first in our area. We plan to continue going to Regionals and beyond.”