Kelly Walsh hires their first ever softball coach

Claire Smith was hired as Kelly Walsh's new softball coach
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 8:59 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Moving forward with high school sports and COVID-19, there is still a lot of uncertainty, but one thing for sure is that come Spring of 2021 softball will be offered as a high school sport here Wyoming.

“One reason for why I am a big pusher for softball here in Wyoming, because for so long it hasn’t been a big deal here, you go to any other state and softball is huge for little girls and high school and college that’s what we want for Wyoming to have softball,” said Claire Smith.

A vote that was passed unanimously by the WHSAA in November of 2019.

“Natrona County did say yes to softball in high school so we were very very excited about that just to give these girls an opportunity to play for their high school and play for the sport they love,” said Smith.

Smith, one of the head coaches for the Casper Rebels, will now be coaching the first ever Kelly Walsh softball team.

“And so I kind of went back and forth of whether I should apply or not and I finally just said well, I try and teach my girls to put themselves out there for new things and challenge themselves and that is what I did,” said Smith. “I feel like I can’t tell my girls to challenge themselves without me doing that myself, so I worked on the application, applied and I got an interview.”

All though there are still a lot of details to figure out for the upcoming season, Smith is excited to get started.

“Very very excited, still nervous because this is all new, basically starting another new program, I do feel like I have the experience behind that, starting a new program, so I do feel confident about that,” said Smith.

Wyoming now joins 48 other states that offer softball as a high school sport.

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