Airline is in the hunt for a new softball coach after Lynne Roberts stepped away from the position on Tuesday.
“I’ve been coaching a long time and it’s been great, but it was time to step away,” Roberts told The Times. “I wasn’t planning on becoming the head coach when I took the job and I’ve never done it for the money.”
The former Natchitoches Central, Zwolle, Many and Ruston coach said she will continue to be a sophomore counselor and teach drivers’ education at Airline, where her daughter, Jaime, will be a junior pitcher on the softball team next year. She took over the position this year after her husband, Danny, stepped down to take a job outside of coaching.
“Some of the girls were crying when I told them today, but I told them that everything would be OK,” Roberts said. “I want them to get the best softball coach in the world for this team, because my daughter is on it.”
The Lady Vikings finished 15-12 overall and second in District 1-5A this past season with a 7-3 mark. They lost 10-9 to Northshore in Slidell in the opening round of the LHSAA playoffs last month.
Roberts has been coaching softball since 1982 and previously served on Tracey Rambin’s staff at Airline for three years.
“I have three girls who have played softball since they were like 4 years old and my oldest is 24,” said Roberts, whose oldest daughter played at Northwestern State. “I’ve resigned, but I’ve also retired out of it. It’ll make things easier on Jaime not having her mother coaching — and I can watch her play.”
Airline officials have begun the search for Roberts’ successor and have already interviewed one candidate.