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The Chrisman Girls Softball team has found a new coach. Leanna Christenberry will be leading the softball team this season. Christenberry is from Hume and along with her husband, Michael, owned their own seed/chemical/fertilizer company, AgPM, located outside of Brocton and their own farm.
Chistenberry is no stranger to softball. She was the Tri-County Junior High head coach for the last two years and assistant coach the previous two years and has coached numerous rec leagues.
“I’ve played softball since I was six and played every summer for the Paris Girls Softball Association in Paris and played in junior high and high school as well,” Leanna said.
“I played slow pitch for one year, but just didn’t like the slowness of it.”
Her love for the sport and now having leagues for fast pitch made her get involved in coaching.
After seeing a post from the Chrisman Junior High/High School Facebook page, Christenberry was interested. “I sent a message that day to see if it was still available and went for an interview from there.”
Coming in and replacing a coach can be difficult, but Christenberry says this wasn’t an issue.
“Coming to this team has been great. They girls are so much fun and aren’t shy of hard work at the same time,” Leanna told us. “I know some from summer leagues and have seen them play. This is a very talented group and I believe they can do anything they put their minds to.”
Christenberry’s hopes for the season is for the girls to have fun and to create a bond. She also wants the girls to try their best and come out learning a skill or improving one they have been working on.
“In all honesty, the team seems pretty strong in game and little things need worked on and each girl has said at (the) first practice what they would like to work on,” she said. “Like I said, this is a very talented group and I want them to realize they are good and just enjoy it. The winning will come.”
Leanna plans to stay with the team as long as they allow and believes that in order it build a good program, that all starts with consistency.
“Getting support from the school and the community would be able to do great things for these athletes.”