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Barnwell High School

Anderson hired after Massengale’s retirement

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Barnwell—There will be a changing of the guard at Barnwell High next spring, as longtime softball coach Carol Massengale retired after guiding the Warhorses to the 2018 Class AA Lower state championship game.

One of Massengale’s former players, Ashleigh Anderson, was chosen to replace her.  Anderson, who went on to play at Newberry College, then coached volleyball and softball at Greer.  She knows the expectations at Barnwell and is ready to meet them head on.

“I expect to keep competing for the region title as she has done in the past,” said Anderson.  “I have already been working with the players towards the end of last season so they could see me as a coach and how I kind of run things.  I am ready to get the season going and keep the strong tradition of a winning program that Coach Massengale has maintained during her coaching career.”

The transition should be seamless for Anderson, who has been waiting nearly a year for the opportunity.  She wasn’t far away this season as she was an assistant at nearby Blackville-Hilda.

“I knew she was retiring early in the fall and debated on applying for her teaching job as well as her coaching positions.  I feel my time is to be back in Barnwell and things couldn’t have worked out better.  I was teaching and helping coach this past year in Blackville, which is in Barnwell County.  I can’t wait to be back at my alma mater,” Anderson said.

Overall, Anderson knows she can’t be her mentor.  While many of the philosophies between the two are the same, there will be a few differences in the way things are done in the future.

“I think in the past they have had separate jayvee and varsity practices.  I plan to have most of practice time overlap and work with both teams because your jayvee program ultimately feeds your varsity program.  Every player will know what I expect and how I coach.  There are a lot of things that I will keep the same, as I coach the same way,” said Anderson.

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