Former Pineville and Northwestern State softball player Alyssa Ford has been hired as the new head softball coach at North Webster.
“We are very proud at North Webster High to recruit such a fine young coach to our ranks,” North Webster principal Jeff Franklin told Gannett Louisiana. “I feel coach Ford will bring new ideas to our already successful program. I am definitely looking forward to great things from her and the Lady Knights’ softball team.”
Ford was a four-year starter for coach Tim Smith at Pineville who played on the Lady Rebels’ 2008 team that finished as Class 5A runner-up. She was an all-district and all-state player in high school who played two seasons as a walk-on at Northwestern State, where she graduated.
During her time in Natchitoches, she batted .310 as a freshman reserve but played in only two games during her sophomore season before leaving the team.
She had been teaching at an elementary school in Shreveport while serving as an assistant to Smith at Captain Shreve.
“I was teaching at Broadmoor Middle School and coaching at Shreve and I wanted to work and coach at the same school,” said Ford about her decision to pursue the North Webster position. “I had head a lot of good things about athletic director Jon Ware. The softball program at North Webster is very good with a lot of potential.”
Ford replaces Tony Mullins, who was recently named the head softball coach at Glenbrook Academy. The Lady Knights advanced to the Class 2A or 3A state playoffs each of the last four years under Mullins.
Gannett Louisiana sportswriter Jimmy Watson contributed to this report.