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New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season
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New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy’s winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

The Tigers are returning eight seniors and also have a bunch of sophomores, which provides Keeter with a nice mixture of youth and experience.

In the summer, the Tigers played in the summer league, ran some practices and worked on their conditioning. Keeter used this as her opportunity to get to know the team and see what she’s dealing with.

“[I’ve been] working with the girls and forming the coaching atmosphere around their strengths, not trying to come in and change a lot of things that they’re used to,” Keeter said. “They have good athletic ability and they’re motivated to be out there. That and the combination of motivation has helped to make things easier as far as coaching goes.”

“They take initiative. You don’t have to tell them step by step what to do,” Keeter said. “They know how to set up for practice and get ready for practice. There’s not really anything I want to change, maybe just tweak some things here and there but nothing major.”

Keeter said she has been forming a relationship with them, and they’ve been working on adjusting to the new coaching style. Despite their 15-10 record, Alcovy had a lot of injuries last year, but look to be at full force this upcoming season.
As far as style goes, Keeter plans to have a well-balanced attack.

“I would like to have a mixture of both defense and offense where you’re not relying totally on offense or totally on defense,” Keeter said. “Once I see the strengths and weaknesses of the whole team then it’ll determine which way we have to go. This summer it was pretty mixed in both. We relied on our defense and our offense.”