This is the first story in a series about first-year spring coaches starting their careers on the sideline but having to delay their debuts due to COVID-19.

When the KHSAA instituted a mandatory dead period for sports in the spring, it didn’t take away from all the work the area’s baseball, softball and track & field coaches had put in.

For a few local coaches, this season was their first on the diamond or the track and each said all it was a difficult time, but all were concerned about their players and especially their seniors.

Christian County softball coach Sheri Hancock is at the helm of the Lady Colonels but she’ll have to wait a little longer to begin her season.

Hancock is no stranger to success as a Christian County Lady Colonel as she was a state champion during her time at CCHS.

The new coach said it’s been a difficult couple of weeks.

“I wish I could come up with a better adjective than sad but I cant,” she said. “That’s what it is. It’s disheartening. I feel really bad for Hannah (Sumner), Kelsey (O’Daniel) and Hope (Jones). I was really looking forward to this season. We had such great chemistry going and I was excited … I had put in a lot of work and I have a lot of nervous energy anyway and it was built up and it was almost here, we thought we were going to get to play then you’re done.”

She said she’s tried to relay how important it is to play every game like it’s your last but for her senior girls, they didn’t know that last year’s Second Region Tournament was the last maybe the time they would hit the field as a Colonel.

“I think they were starting to understand,” she said. “The last game I ever played with a Christian County uniform on, I won a state championship and it was still one of the hardest things that I had to get through is knowing I was never going to get to put that uniform on again and go play a ball game. To think those kids, their last game may have been the regional tournament last year, it sucks.”

Sports are an outlet for many people and Hancock said she and her family are no different.

“It was year-round in my house,” she said. “We did travel ball, then there were winter workouts and even when I wasn’t coaching, it was still getting my kids there’s, dropping them off the all of a sudden it’s just gone.”

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