By: Jim Steele
McKenzie softball coach Becca Jones has decided to step down from the Lady Rebel helm following Friday's 3-0 substate loss at Scotts Hill.
She announced her decision via a post on her Facebook page Friday evening.
"Tonight I coached my last high school softball game. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching high school ball the past 10 years," she posted. "Seven years ago when I took over as head coach, it was a big adjustment, but it was something I took seriously. I have by no means been perfect, but I have tried to do everything with the best interest of the whole team."
Jones looked back on what she achieved as coach and how her players have done.
"I have seen many players come and go and am so proud to see all the things they are accomplishing now. Now it is time for the next chapter of my life," Jone said. "It is the time for me to step out in faith and pursue my dream of adoption. I'm not exactly sure where that will take me, but I'm in a time of trusting God for direction."
Jones was the long-time McKenzie Middle School coach and was asked to take over the high school program seven years ago from Larry Joe Smith. In that time, the Lady Rebels reached the state tournament (2014), earned three substate bids and won the 2015 district title, McKenzie's first in 20 years.
The coach, who led this year's Lady Rebels to a 21-12 mark, said it was the right time to seek other challenges and do other things.
"We had some great girls come through there," Jones said. But I want to adopt a child and being a single mom and coaching, too, would be very difficult."
The coach said she has just done some preliminary investigation about the adoption process, but, now that the season is over, hopes to move in that direction.
Jones was a top-flight contributor on McKenzie's state-tournament softball teams in the mid-to-late 1990s.