When West Limestone was looking for a new softball coach this spring, Wildcats principal Russ Cleveland knew just who to call — Waterloo coach Molly Fenn.
Cleveland has known Fenn for years, and when the opportunity presented itself for him to recommend her hiring, it was an opportunity neither him nor her could pass up.
Fenn, who coached at Waterloo for the past six years, with four of those being as head coach, was officially hired at the Limestone County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.
“I've known Molly from my years at Brooks. She was actually in my daughter's class,” Cleveland said. “Molly herself was a good ballplayer, but I've watched her career blossom the past six years at Waterloo. Molly is a very energetic, positive, hard-working person. It's all the things we're looking for that fit the mold of what we want at West Limestone.”
Fenn led the Cougars to the Class 1A state tournament in 2017 and 2018, and she advanced to the North Regional tournament her other two years as head coach. She said she hated to leave Waterloo but felt the West Limestone position was one she couldn't pass up.
“They have a very well-known program as far as softball goes,” Fenn said. “And the community really just made me gravitate toward them. Everybody has been super supportive and super nice. It was a hard decision (to leave Waterloo), but the type of softball program we can build here is exciting and I just couldn't pass up that opportunity.”
Fenn said the West Limestone community is a lot like Waterloo's when it comes to camaraderie, and she has already heard supportive messages from many.
“I've heard from a lot of people in the community, showing their support,” Fenn said. “That's the foundation we need to build a good program, and I think we can do that. I'm so thankful and so excited to get started. These opportunities don't come around very often.”
Cleveland raved not only about Fenn's coaching ability, but the positive attitude she takes with her players. He said that is exactly what he looks for in a coach.
“I've watched her coach a few times, and I didn't have to watch long,” Cleveland said. “Her players are not only very well-coached, but everything she did was upbeat, and that's very important to me. It fits what we've done the last couple of years in all our sports.
“The motto we came up with is The Wildcat Way: Discipline, Toughness, Character. She fits that. She will have no trouble leading these young ladies. They will follow her based on her knowledge of the game and the way she coaches. We are excited to have her.”