McDaniel, Monroe part of 12 new spring coaches for area teams
There are 12 new spring head coaches in the area and two of them are familiar to local sports teams.
Ted McDaniel is taking over as head coach for Warren County’s softball program, while Jeff Monroe takes the reins of Skyline’s baseball team.
McDaniel is replacing Justin Stock, who left last summer to take a job in New York.
McDaniel was Stock’s assistant coach the last three years, and before that served as James Wood’s head softball coach for 14 years.
“Most of them know me, and I’ve done a lot of offseason with them as far as fall workouts and winter workouts,” McDaniel said of his transition to head coach. “So most of them know me pretty well. So it’s been positive.”
McDaniel said that his move to head coach became official in November.
So far this season has been a challenge for McDaniel, who said the team will have to overcome early injuries.
Junior pitcher Elizabeth Keener is out for at least six weeks due to a shoulder injury.
McDaniel said that freshman Arianna Whited may start at pitcher, and the team may also have a freshman catcher.
“Elizabeth Keener was going to be our pitcher and was also our top RBI hitter last year,” McDaniel said. “I just told the players everybody’s got to step up some. And that’s what we’re working on doing. Everybody elevating their game is what we need to do.”
Monroe has been the head boys basketball coach at Skyline for the last three years. He is taking over the baseball job for Jay Barnes, who stepped down at the end of last season.
Two years ago, Monroe was the head junior varsity baseball coach and last year he was the assistant varsity coach.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Monroe said. “It’s a good challenge. I’ve been around the sport all my life. So I’m happy at being the head coach here at Skyline.”
Monroe said that it helps that the players are familiar with him from both basketball and baseball.
“I know the kids and the kids know me and how I coach,” Monroe said. “With the kids knowing how I coach and how I expect things, it helps a lot.”
Monroe said that he doesn’t expect to change much from the way Barnes ran the program.
Skyline started off 10-2 last season, before going into a slump and struggling down the stretch.
The Hawks return 11 players from last year’s team, including eight seniors. Monroe said that senior leadership will be important to the squad this season.
“The biggest goal is we just want to compete, not go into a nosedive at the end like we did last year,” Monroe said. “We felt like we let a good opportunity get away last year. I think the seniors understand that. …If the seniors lead us in the right way, we’ll be all right.”
Warren County has three other new head varsity coaches this spring: Erly Moya (girls soccer), Thomas Hodge (boys soccer) and Eric Breit (boys tennis). Stonewall Jackson has four new head varsity coaches this spring as well in Jeremy Knight (baseball), Matt Burgwald (boys soccer), Virginia Dellinger (girls soccer) and Angie Fisher (softball). Central has two new head varsity coaches, Scott Mongold (softball) and Barry Arey (boys tennis) and Strasburg has one, Kayla Allen (girls soccer). Sherando returns all of its head coaches this spring.