Golden Eagle softball under new coaching
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 22:01
Former head softball coach Tory Acheson resigned last Thursday after 14 years with the program, leaving the former player and two-time OVC pitcher of the year, Bonnie Bynum in charge effective immediately.
Acheson’s abrupt resignation left many people across campus wondering why this had happened and what the softball program was going to do.
“It’s strange that a coach would just resign like that three weeks before the season starts,” said Tech senior and intramural softball enthusiast Roggie Haston. “Will the assistant coach just take over?”
Oddly enough, the wife of coach Acheson and assistant softball coach Terry Acheson did not take over the head coaching position. However, coach Bynum taking over seems to be going over well with everyone including Senior infielder/outfielder, Melody Christian.
“The news of Coach Acheson leaving was upsetting, but Coach Bynum and this adversity as a whole will bring us closer as a team,” said Christian.
Christian also added, “There are going to be struggles along the way to the OVC Tournament, but as a team we are strong enough to overcome any of them.”
“Coach Bynum made such an impact in the fall that it was easy for our team to see her take over the coaching position,” Christian said. “The team is very confident despite the adversity and we are very lucky to have her step in.”
Confidence will be good for this year’s team because the AP ranked Tech No. 2 in the Ohio Valley Conference to start the season.
“We are extremely excited to be ranked second, but we are more excited about the great new group of girls, the new coaching, and the amazing family-like bond we have created this year,” said Christian. “We are going to work hard this season and compete for the number one spot in league and to make a huge statement at the OVC Tournament.”
Bynum appears to be excited about her new role as well according to an article on ttusports.com.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to build on an already great program that Coach Acheson has established and I’m looking forward to the future of Tennessee Tech softball,” Bynum said. “I want to thank Tory for everything he has done for me in my career, both as a player and as a coach.”
Bynum will make her head coaching debut at the Georgia Southern Tournament Feb. 9 against Akron University.