SOFTBALL:Assistant takes over for retiring head coach

Story Image Warren's Megan Sowa gets congratulated after being safe at third by assistant coach Tina Meyer. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Updated: June 7, 2012 9:06PM

Seven starters and two quality pitchers will return next spring when Warren High’s softball team will attempt to defend its North Suburban Conference championship.

Not returning will be head coach Carri McGahan, who resigned because she’s having a baby in a few months.

Given that situation, Warren High School athletic director Mark Pos made the best possible move this week, selecting McGahan’s trusted assistant — Tina Meyer — to take over as head coach.

Followers of Warren softball are familiar with Meyer, who coached third base for the powerful Blue Devils this season.

There’s every reason to believe that with her in charge, the victory total will continue to climb for what should be the area’s best prep softball team next spring.

Meyer is a former standout prep player at Round Lake. She had a successful college career, starting out at CLC and finishing her career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater were she earned All-American honors. She currently teaches gym at Zion-Benton High School and has been an assistant coach at Warren for the past four years — coinciding with the program’s rise to prominence.

“Tina has been an important part of our softball program’s growth over the past four years, so she became a logical choice,” said Pos. “She has great knowledge of the sport along with great passion. Tina has played the game at a high level and I am confident she will keep our softball program on its upward growth.”

Warren was upset by McHenry last month in the Class 4A (big schools) regional finals.

The Devils roster is loaded with players who have come up together through the local club travel program.

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