As far as Canal Winchester High School athletics director Pat Durbin is concerned, Casey Whitlatch’s resume was enough to make him the Indians’ new softball coach.
Whitlatch coached for 15 seasons at Whitehall in the 1990s and early 2000s, and has worked in other programs at Canal Winchester over the years.
But one intangible put him over the top in Durbin’s mind.
“He is extremely well-rounded and is very talented at connecting with young men and women,” Durbin said. “He hasn’t coached softball for a few years, but he comes in with a lot of experience. He’s exactly the kind of coach we were looking for.”
Whitlatch replaces Randy Hinton, who stepped down after 17 seasons.
Whitlatch led Whitehall to one of its best seasons in 2000, as the Rams won a league championship for the first time in 22 years and advanced to a Division II regional semifinal.
He also has coached in Canal Winchester’s boys basketball, girls basketball and middle school football programs. His son, Justin, is the football team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The softball team went 7-19 overall and 3-7 in the OCC-Capital Division last season, losing 10-0 to Gahanna in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
“Randy was a heck of a professional,” Durbin said. “He gave a lot to that program. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Among the Indians’ expected returnees are juniors Kaylee Dunkle (INF, .279, 15 RBI), Brandi Gidley (P), Allie Saulnier (C, .391, 19 RBI) and Brooklyn Wolfe (INF, .322, 16 RBI).