McMain

A week ago, Toree McMain resigned from her post as Trigg County softball coach, but it wasn't to nurture a new team. Rather, it was to raise and nurture her own family.

On May 13, McMain and her husband welcomed son Brooks to the world, and McMain knew her world was about to change.

She said it wasn't her intention to resign when she became pregnant.

"It honestly came up later," she said. "I had been asked about other coaching opportunities and also looking at continuing at Trigg and I thought I could do it with him, but even after having him during the district tournament, my desire kind of changed. I knew that I could get back into coaching and I kind of just wanted to be there for this young part of his life."

Softball has always been a part of McMain's life, including her time at Murray State when she played for the Racers.

She said it was a hard decision she had to make.

"I've poured so much time, energy and effort into Trigg County softball and coaching," she said. "I love it. I'm super passionate about it. It was difficult knowing with the College World Series on and everything that I would not be coaching next year. It was a difficult decision."

This season was McMain's fifth at the helm of the Lady Wildcats, but when she started, she didn't know how much the program would be a part of her life."

"I student-taught at Trigg County and the opportunity was there to be the head coach the first year I was teaching," she said. "I was like 'I think this is an awesome opportunity.' Honestly, I envisioned probably doing it a couple years and then heading out, but I didn't know I would fall in love with the girls and the program the way I did."

McMain had seniors this year that's she had for several years, and she's cultivated them into contenders in the 2nd Region, including Hannah Colbert, one of the area's top pitchers.

She said it felt great to see them grow on and off the field.

"It was really humbling and exciting at the same time," she said. "When I came in, they had good fundamentals. They had played before. They had been in the little league system. To see these kids that were passionate about the game and for me to help them take that next step, it was exciting to see them transform over the years."

McMain's husband Matt is the Trigg County track and field coach.

She said she felt like he already knew what her decision would be when her due date got closer.

"I think he kind of knew, but at the same time, the entire time I was pregnant, he was like 'whatever you want to do to coach, I support you 100 percent. If you want to be a head coach, if you want to step away,'" she said. "He was very supportive either way. But once (our child) showed up, I think we both knew our priorities changed."

She said she had several conversations with her fellow coaches about what the options were, but she continued to stay on the sideline.

When she would call pitches from the dugout, McMain would hold a plastic lid in front of her to shield a possible foul ball.

"There were several games I drove separate just in case my water happened to break while I was at the game, but I definitely didn't anticipate I'd make it that long," she said.

When other teams started contacting her, it made the decision to step down a little more difficult.

"It's nice to feel wanted and to feel like that people trust you to be the person for the job," she said. "That was definitely hard to turn down because it could have been really positive steps in my coaching career."

McMain said she doesn't know when she'll return to the game she loves. It could be when her son is a little older or possibly if she has a daughter and she wants to play softball.

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