Cassville High School has named a new head coach for softball for the 2007 season. Tony Eagleburger, a second year teacher of eighth grade American history, will be taking over the program. He replaces Bonnie Cox who resigned as head softball coach this fall.
Eagleburger's coaching experience at Cassville has included serving as assistant volleyball coach, ninth grade boys basketball coach and ninth grade baseball coach.
"I have coached a plethora of sports - baseball, softball, football, basketball and volleyball," said Eagleburger, "but most of my experience is in baseball/softball."
Before coming to Cassville, Eagleburger coached softball for three years at Fair Grove High School and then another three at Conway High School. Both programs were near the bottom of the totem pole when he arrived and both had successful programs when he left. Eagleburger also played when he was in high school, handling catching duties for a very good Nixa Eagles' team.
When asked about his coaching philosophy, Coach Eagleburger said, "I believe pitching is 90 percent of girls' softball. I feel fortunate to have an all-district pitcher (Brittany Vollenweider) returning."
Looking to the fall, Eagleburger said he will focus on the basics of throwing and catching the ball in the first year.
"I will also focus on team chemistry and learning how to win softball games, rather than playing to not lose," said Eagleburger. "I will provide lots of opportunities to work on our game in the off-season, starting in January of 2007.
"This will give me a chance to assess our strengths and weaknesses individually before tryouts in August 2007," continued Eagleburger. "I have a simple philosophy about the game: play the game the way the game should be played."
The Ladycats will be playing in the ever-strong Big 8 Conference that includes a Seneca team that went to the state semi-finals last year.
"I feel that in order to be the best, you need to play the best," said Eagleburger.
When asked about his new position, Coach Eagleburger said," I am very appreciative of the opportunity to coach girls' softball at Cassville. I think we have all the ingredients to make it one of the most successful programs in town."
Eagleburger resides in Cassville with his dog Quincy.