Sarah Looker gained experience serving as an assistant at Hilliard Davidson and will get a chance to lead her own softball program as she is expected to be named the next coach at Dublin Jerome High School.

Sarah Looker gained experience serving as an assistant at Hilliard Davidson and will get a chance to lead her own softball program as she is expected to be named the next coach at Dublin Jerome High School.

Looker, 33, will be recommended by athletics director Nick Magistrale to the board of education to fill the open position during the August meeting.

"I felt that Jerome was a good opportunity for me," Looker said. "It's kind of close to where I live. It just seemed like everything fell in place. I felt comfortable going over there and interviewing with (Magistrale). I felt it was time for me to start pursuing a head coach position and I was lucky enough to get the first one that I pursued."

Looker will replace Lindsay Lecklitner, who stepped down after last season. She will be the program's third coach in its five years. Looker plans on meeting her players and their parents in August.

Anna Kramer helped form the program and guided the team for two seasons before resigning because of family commitments. Lecklitner coached the team the past two seasons.

"It's always the hope for any coaching position that they will stick around and there will be continuity just for the sake of the student-athletes and the familiarity with the coach leading the program," Magistrale said. "That's very important and hopefully our kids will get that. I'm confident that Sarah will be around for awhile."

"I have a lot of respect for this group of seniors that is at Jerome even though I haven't met them yet, and it's simply because I'm the third coach in four years, so I certainly have respect for them right out of the gate because it's hard to adjust to as a player," Looker said. "I don't plan on going anywhere for awhile. I'm going to be there."

Looker graduated from Van Wert in 1993. She was a standout outfielder for four seasons in the Western Buckeye League.

She later played at Urbana University, specializing in bunting and slap-hitting. Looker graduated from Urbana in 1997 with a degree in law enforcement corrections. She is attending Ashland University, where she is seeking a teaching degree.

Looker also has played semi-professional softball. She was an assistant at Wittenberg in 1999 before joining the Davidson program the next year.

Looker guided the Hilliard Weaver Middle School eighth-grade team, and later the freshman and junior varsity at Davidson. Looker then was promoted to assist varsity coach Angelo Forte.

Looker first met Forte when Forte was coaching at Rio Grande and she was playing at Urbana.

"(Forte) has always provided insight on the head coaching responsibilities that he does," Looker said. "That has helped me prepare for what I need to expect.

"He has provided a lot of encouragement and support."

"She had a great interview and she seemed very confident in her ability as a coach," Magistrale said. "I think just her background being involved in such a great program under Angelo Forte with the Hilliard softball program for the past eight years and also having experiences on all levels was important. She has seen a variety of different levels. One of the main things that attracted me toward her was her plethora of experience."