Two months away from giving birth to triplets, New Albany High School softball coach Stephanie Andrick announced her resignation June 4.
“I feel that I will no longer be able to serve both the softball team and my family at the same time,” Andrick said in a press release on the school’s athletics website. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the school district and the community for over a decade. I will miss the girls greatly and the bond that has been created.”
Andrick was 35-34 overall and 20-14 in the OCC-Capital Division in three seasons with the Eagles. This season, they went 9-11 overall and 7-3 in the league to finish second behind Groveport (9-1) and lost to Logan 11-9 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Andrick, a 2001 graduate of Hilliard Darby, was an outfielder on the Panthers’ 2000 Division I state championship team. She was the Eagles’ junior varsity coach for eight years before succeeding Patrick Finn before the 2016 season.
Most of the team’s top contributors are eligible to return, including junior pitcher Taylor Rhea, who led the Eagles in batting average (.464), hits (32) and RBI (30) and tied freshman utility player Sophia Halliday (.413, 26 hits, 22 RBI) for second in home runs with six, behind junior third baseman Kirsten Tibbitts’ eight.
Tibbitts hit .353 with 24 hits and 20 RBI. Sophomore first baseman Halle Galbraith batted .354 with 23 hits.