The ASBA has named Ivey Kane their newest head coach, rounding out the foursome for the 2019 season. Kane will inherit the roster that won the first ever ASBA Championship in 2018 but she is tasked with an almost complete rebuild as only Jacksonville University’s Madison Ragan will return to defend the crown.
“At the onset of the interview process, I wanted to hire a head coach who was the right person and the right fit for our organization,” ASBA’s CEO Michael Chiaradio said. “We talked to a number of excellent candidates and it became clear to me that Ivey was the person who will help us establish a winning culture.”
Among the people from around the softball world who had reactions to the ASBA’s choice was none other than Monica Meadows, who hired Kane as an assistant coach at Coastal Alabama in 2018. Meadows spoke to Chiaradio late on Friday night and offered words of high praise for the ASBA’s new coach, who just turned 23 earlier in May.
“Ivey is a young, creative mind, but she also has real coaching experience at a high level,” Meadows said. “She has helped a number of different players, at various stages of their careers, reach new heights. We think her relationship with Madison (Ragan) will be strong, but we made the decision because of Ivey’s vision for the entire softball team.”
Before her lone season as Coastal Alabama’s assistant, Kane had a coaching internship at Martin Methodist. She played two seasons as an infielder for Martin Methodist after a Junior College career at Alabama Southern and she helped lead Theodore High School in Mobile, Alabama to an Area Championship and a second place finish in regionals.
“This was a thorough process and we had the opportunity to speak with some outstanding people,” said Meadows, who assisted Chiaradio in the search. “Ivey has a great passion for the game. Her work in the sport has been well-documented, but she is a good communicator who will build an excellent team. She can’t wait to get started and I’m eager to watch her in action.”
The 2019 ASBA Draft will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 4 pm CT at Moe’s Original BBQ, 701 Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile. The ASBA is a women’s professional softball league based in Satsuma, AL an immediate suburb of Mobile. All games are played at Satsuma High School and can be followed live on ASBA Network. The league is in its second year and offers various sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and restaurants.
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