Sims takes Pike County job after leading Edgewood to softball titlePublished 7:42pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Fawn Sims felt her job wasn’t done at Edgewood Academy after accomplishing her goal.
After leading the Lady Wildcats in 2014 to its first Alabama Independent School Association state softball championship in 10 years, Sims accepted the same position at Pike County High School in Brundidge, Ala. last week, ending her job at EA.
“My goal was to win a state championship and teach them how to believe in themselves,” Sims said Thursday in a phone interview. “That was my goal as the softball coach. In the big picture, it’s about the characteristics they develop: teamwork, work ethic and mindset. Overall was I on track to complete my goal? Yes. Could I have continued to do more there? Absolutely.”
Achieving those goals at Edgewood, Sims said, didn’t make it any easier to walk away.
“Leaving my girls was incredibly hard and heart breaking because I love them,” she said. “I’ve cried many tears for my Edgewood girls, but they understand I need to do what’s best for me. I met with (athletic director Bobby) Carr and (Edgewood headmaster Clint) Welch on several occasions because I was torn. But this is very bittersweet; the only way to describe it.”
Sims said she received a phone call “out of the blue” from Pike County principal Willie Wright a couple of weeks ago, asking her to come help rebuild the school’s female athletics.
“Really he made me an offer almost too good to be true,” Sims said. “He wanted to come in and help build the athletic program for the girls. I’m not like a female AD, but they’re hiring young coaches and trying to rebuild.”
On the diamond, she will take over for Karie Striplin, who guided the Lady Bulldogs to its best season in recent memory in 2014. Building the Lady Bulldog program up like she pushed the Edgewood softball program, the coach said, is what motivates her.
“I enjoy coaching, I enjoy the teaching aspect of coaching, teaching the girls their purpose on the field,” she said. “I love to see them develop and grow. I like to see that light bulb go off, to accomplish something they’re aiming to accomplish and know what feels like to do things the right way. But it’s more than about the sport and the game, it’s about the life lessons.”