Newly-named MTSU softball coach Jeff Breeden led Riverdale to District 7-AAA titles in each of his nine seasons at the Murfreesboro high school.
This year, the Lady Warriors went on to reach a Class AAA sectional before falling to eventual state champion Soddy-Daisy.
For his team’s efforts, Breeden is named The Daily News Journal’s Softball Coach of the Year. It marks the ninth consecutive season that Breeden has garnered the award.
“I always would have liked to have left Riverdale with one more (state title),” Breeden said. “Titles are what it’s about. It’s about championships over there.”
Riverdale won its second straight Commando Classic. The Lady Warriors won their own tournament, the Lady Warrior Southern Classic, and finished runner-up in tournaments at the Raptor Classic and Border Battle.
Riverdale finished the season 45-13, and did so despite injuries during the season. Senior Katie Brown, an MTSU signee, had a back injury prior to the season and couldn’t play her normal catcher position. That pushed her to the outfield.
And at the end of the season, three-year ace Rachel Albritton tore her ACL prior to Riverdale’s sectional loss.
“We didn’t ever play with a full deck,” Breeden said. “We had some injuries that hurt us. We fell short of our goal, but we still had a good season.
“The seniors went out with a lot of wins under their belt. They will move on to good things. We didn’t do what we wanted to do, but almost.”