COLERAIN TWP. – If a school’s worth is measured in the number of former students who return to teach, coach or help the succeeding generations, then Colerain High School is immeasurably wealthy.
On June 30, former athletic director Dan Bolden announced Emily Schwaeble as the new varsity head softball coach and Jenna Suttles as the girls’ volleyball head coach, pending board of education approval. They’re both alumni as well as former stars in their respective sports. They join Ashley Wanninger, another Colerain standout, who returned to coach the girls’ basketball program earlier this year.
Suttles and Schwaeble are only new to being head coaches, each served as an assistant last year, and were softball teammates in high school at Colerain. Suttles, a 2007 Colerain graduate, went on to play softball and volleyball at the University of the Cumberlands. Schwaeble, arguably one of the best softball players in Colerain history, graduated in 2009 and went on to play at Northern Kentucky University where her numbers vaulted her into the Norse record books as well.
“I’ve wanted to coach since high school,” said Schwaeble. “I’ve lived in Colerain since I was born, I’ve always known I wanted to coach at Colerain.”
Suttles, who also started thinking about coaching in high school, agreed: “‘We are Colerain’ — I think that says it best. It’s an honor to represent Colerain.”
While in high school, Schwaeble, who’s also a mathematics teacher at Colerain, set numerous school records while the Cardinals went a combined 77-26 during her four years. She ranks first all-time in strikeouts (1,096) and wins (71). At the plate, Schwaeble hit the most career home runs in school history, and ranks third in all-time hits and doubles, according to the school.
“I’m excited to be in charge of the entire program and building it from the ground up,” said Schwaeble. “I have always enjoyed working with the girls, and I have a great coaching staff, too. It’s pretty amazing to be back in this position.”
Colerain left its mark on Suttles and Schwaeble. It’s not surprising they returned.
“I’ve learned so much from Colerain athletically and educationally and I want to give back and help build our volleyball program so our players can be proud to be from Colerain,” Suttles said.
Schwaeble wasted no time returning after college.
“Colerain is a truly special place,” Schwaeble said. “People don’t understand why so many go back. We have one of the best communities around. I moved straight back to Colerain and I don’t really ever plan on leaving … it’s one of those places, a lot of people care about it.”