Kacie Roberson has been named to be the head coach of the Philadelphia High School slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball teams.

Roberson came to work at Philadelphia High School as the guidance counsellor last year. A veteran coach and former all-star player, Roberson brings a lot of coaching experience to the Lady Tornado program.

“I really didn’t expect to coach softball again,” Roberson said. “I was worried about state testing and counseling. And I didn’t think I could give the girls the time they deserve.”

Roberson helped with the slow-pitch program last season. That team went 19-5 and played for the South State Class 2A championship before being eliminated by Eupora. The fast-pitch team won the Class 2A state championship last spring.

Philadelphia school officials thought they had the softball coaching position filled but that changed during June. That’s when Roberson took on the role.

“We haven’t had any practices,” Roberson said. “But most of the team has been practicing basketball this summer and are in pretty good shape. I met with them before going on vacation.
“They know me and what I expect. We will be working hard on fundamentals and doing things right,’ Roberson said. “We’ll start conditioning next Monday and getting ready for the season.”

Roberson grew up around softball. Her parents were coaches at Clarkdale where she played her high school career. She went on to play college softball at Meridian Community College and the University of West Alabama. She graduated with her B.S. degree from Mississippi State University and got her Master’s degree at West Alabama.

She has been the head softball coach at Enterprise, Quitman, Tupelo and Forrest County AHS.

“After my last year of coaching, I didn’t think I would coach again,” Roberson said. “But plans change. There aren’t that many softball coaches out there and when they offered the job to me, I took it.”

The Lady Tornadoes lost four starters from last year.

“We are looking for players to step up and fill those positions,” Roberson said. “I don’t know how far we will go but I expect we will be competitive.

“I expect these girls to work hard and I am going to give them everything I have,” Roberson said. “I am looking forward to the season.”

Roberson said that in addition to getting the team ready to play, the field at Burnside Park is getting some attention. Philadelphia will compete in the Class 1, Region 6 division along with Union and Sebastopol.

The season opens August 5 against McAdams.