by Catherine Garrett
BOUNTIFUL–Just four years removed from being a player on the Viewmont High softball team, Collette West finds herself back as the head coach.
“I love coaching for Viewmont,” West said. “It feels great to be involved in the program again from a new perspective.”
“We are excited to have Collette West as our head softball coach,” Viewmont Athletic Director Jeff Emery said. “Not only is she a former Viking, but she has also played softball at the collegiate level and brings with her a lot of softball experience as a player.”
After graduating from Viewmont, West went on to play at Colby Community College in Kansas and led her team in every hitting category during her two years there. During her freshman season, she hit .350. As a sophomore, she was selected as a Second Team All-Region third baseman, with her .410 batting average leading her team to a 42-18 record. Between the two seasons in junior college, West collected 56 extra-base hits. She played this last year at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
West, who lives in Centerville, acknowledges her lack of experience in coaching, although she has worked with individual players and coached younger teams over the years. She is graduating from FHSU with an Organizational Leadership degree in May and feels that her study of how to “work towards change, work through conflict and how to motivate others” will help her as a coach.
The 21-year-old wanted to coach to see improvement in players on and off the field. “I want to create confident, hard-working teams and individuals. It is just as self-fulfilling seeing a player you have spent time working with make a good play as much as making one yourself.”
West said she will emphasize a positive environment throughout practices and games while being “challenging with high expectations. I have a fun, athletic group of girls this season,” West said. “I am excited to see how they do this year and where they end up!”
West will be assisted on the coaching staff by Jodi Rhoadhouse and Rodger Farnsworth. “They are doing wonders to help me as my first year as a head coach and the team,” West said.