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Alyssa Ford named Byrd softball coach
June 6, 2017, 7:12 am

By Jimmy Watson, The Times

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Former Northwestern State player and Pineville native Alyssa Ford has been named head softball coach at Byrd according to Byrd principal Jerry Badgley. 

“We had a lot of interest in this job and we ultimately decided on someone we believe will be here for a while,” Badgley said. “Alyssa has no real connection to the school, which is something I wanted. She can come in and establish her own program.”

Ford, who will teach American history at Byrd, recently completed her second year as the head coach at North Webster High School in Springhill. The Lady Knights advanced to the LHSAA Class 3A state playoffs both seasons under Ford, while finishing 29-29 overall for the two campaigns. 

“It’s bittersweet to leave North Webster because (principal) Jeff (Franklin) and (athletic director) John (Ware) have been awesome to work for,” Ford said. “This will allow me to get closer to home and coach at a 5A school, which will be a challenge for me.”

The former shortstop played for current Ruston High coach Tim Smith at Pineville and was Smith’s assistant coach at Captain Shreve before accepting the job at North Webster. She will replace Kristen Cole, who coached one season, but resigned due to recently giving birth. 

“I found out today from Mike Suggs that Richard Lary was a softball coach here, and I learned a lot from him when I was student-teaching at Captain Shreve,” Ford said. “I’m super excited to follow in his footsteps because he meant so much to me.”

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