A new slate of games and sports isn’t the only change for Moffat County High School athletics this spring.
Several sports, including baseball, girls soccer and boys swimming, have undergone coaching changes for the upcoming season.
Among the changes is new baseball head coach Justin Folley.
Folley, who was an assistant coach previously, won the job after former head coach Steve Hafey resigned in June 2009.
As head coach in the summer, Folley led the team to the playoffs, and at one point, the team had a nine-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents by more than 10 runs each game to finish the season with a record of 18-6.
Folley played college baseball at the University of Mary in North Dakota.
His first season as skipper coincides with that of Josh Fief, a new assistant baseball coach.
A former Southern California resident, Fief has been accustomed to playing baseball year-round.
“I’ve played all my life,” he said. “I’ve probably played since I was 5 years old.”
This season, Folley will focus on the infielders during practice, and Fief will keep an eye on the outfielders and work some with the Bulldogs’ hitters.
Coaches, however, aren’t the only new addition for the baseball team this season.
The baseball field at Craig Middle School, where MCHS games are played, recently has undergone a transformation.
The infield has been re-outfitted with grass.
A sprinkler system has been installed, the wooden dugouts will be replaced with updated cinder block structures, the fences will be repaired, and eventually, a batting cage will be installed beyond the right field fence.
The girls soccer team also has received two new coaches for the year.
Harry Tripp takes over as head coach and Cathy Copeland as the assistant coach.
Tripp has coached most of the MCHS girls soccer team before as a coach in the traveling league.
This season, Tripp said he plans on bringing fundamental soccer back to MCHS.
“With a lot of my seniors and juniors, I’m going to be bringing basics back to them,” he said. “I’m going to bring back the basics, and a lot of ‘Never give up.’”
Along with Copeland, Tripp inherits a squad looking to rebound from a 1-12-1 season.
And, rounding out the MCHS spring sports team changes, the boys swimming team will compete without two Worselys — swimmer Cole, who was lost to graduation, and former head coach, Patti.
Swimming mainstay Meghan Francone, who is also the girls varsity swimming coach, has replaced Patti Worsely.