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After serving 24 years as an assistant coach, Terri Dawn Williams was named the head softball coach at Sherman High last week by the Boone County Board of Education.

SETH — For the first time in 28 years, Sherman High School will have a softball coach not named Jim Henderson.

On Sept. 7, Boone County Schools named Terri Dawn Williams the new skipper to top off her 24-year tenure as an assistant on Henderson’s staff.

Henderson retired from coaching in July.

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Together, the duo produced the school’s only team championship in 2019 for the Class A maroon and gold.

“I immediately wanted to apply and I wasn’t ready to quit yet and I wanted to see the program continue to succeed the way Jim and I had built it,” she said. “Jim and I worked great together and I wouldn’t think of changing something that works and was a success.”

Williams said she’d like to continue to encourage and help develop young softball players through youth and middle school initiatives that encourage participation.

The squad debuted a new facility in 2019 thanks to a community donor. Williams said that promoting softball to young student-athletes in the community will continue to be a priority for her program, which finished 14-5 in a 2021 season that saw them fall in sectional play at the hands of Buffalo.

Williams resigned her position as Sherman’s girls basketball coach on Sept. 9 but will continue to serve as the varsity volleyball coach.

Williams believes her softball team will compete in 2021.

“Our nucleus is back, and with the experience we gained we’ll certainly compete with everyone on our schedule and field a successful team,” she said. “It will take a lot of work, but we can compete with other programs around the state. We have expectations for our program.”

She said her successful run with Henderson — who started the Lady Tide softball program from scratch in 1993 — is a special one that she looks to continue.

“I just want to congratulate Coach Henderson on a successful coaching career. He started the program and we built it together, and I just want to build on the success under his leadership.”

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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