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Goddard softball coach Katie Shanor resigns

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Daily Record File Photo Former Goddard softball head coach Katie Shanor.

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There was hope with the hiring of Goddard softball coach Katie Shanor. She played on the 2013 team as a senior. Her leadership helped lead a Lady Rockets’ team coached by Jay Edgett to a playoff game. The game didn’t go as expected, but it was a statement that Goddard softball was back. Goddard would lose to Gallup, 6-0.

Shanor would go to college at Wittenberg University and graduate with her degree. She would come back and be named the softball coach after C.W. Hamilton resigned. Shanor was named as the head coach late in 2018 and never had time to implement her program.

She suffered through two years of rebuilding, going 6-17 in 2018 and 3-23 in 2019. This year was to be the breakout year in which she would put her stamp on the team. With seniors Jordan Rincon, Katelyn Luman and Alyssa Santillan, the team was poised to make a run in District 4-4A.

With the coronavirus changing the sports season for spring sports, the Lady Rockets never had the chance to play a game. The softball team was told of the cancellation of their season-opener against Silver at the Artesia tournament 12 hours before the game. They did not know that their season would be canceled.

“I have officially resigned,” Shanor said. “I will be starting my master’s degree this summer. It’s what is best for the kids and myself. I think the horizon looks bright for me. I look forward to accomplishing my goal of getting my master’s and seeing what the future brings me.”

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The job was posted on the Roswell Independent School District job board as of Tuesday.

“I would like to thank Katie for all of her hard work,” RISD athletic director Britt Cooper said. “Katie worked hard to make Goddard softball a success. She loves Goddard softball, having played for them and coached them. I wish her success in her future endeavors.”

Cooper is still looking to replace cross country coach Debbie Dumlao at Roswell.

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.

 

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