The past softball season at Pella Christian High School was a bit of a rebuilding process for the Lady Eagles – something head coach Nate Van Wyk knew would be the case going in. Now, with the season over, Van Wyk is able to fully appreciate the benefits to going through the trials and tribulations with his young squad; and that is that he won’t have to do it again next year.
Losing only one player to graduation, the Lady Eagles should be able to apply the experience they gained this past spring to the upcoming season and devote more attention to individual components of the game.
“I love coaching this team. I do. It’s seventeen, eighteen girls that want to be there. They show up with a smile on their face, excited – they like each other, they enjoy spending time with each other – they’re willing to work hard, and do everything that we – as coaches – ask them to do,” says Van Wyk.
“I told them during our postseason meetings that I’m excited for next year already. The learning curve is smaller, they know what’s expected of them now; and so because we don’t have to spend so much time getting them acclimated to varsity [softball], we can look back on this past year and see the areas that we need to improve on and I think focus more on those.”
Pella Christian finished the 2012 softball season with a 7-22 overall record and went 3-9 in the Little Hawkeye Conference.