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Former Holtville softball coach Daryl Otwell has accepted the head coaching job at Wetumpka. The hiring was confirmed at Tuesday's special called meeting for the Elmore County Board of Education. 

After spending the last five years at Holtville, Otwell stays in the county but moves to Class 6A for the first time as a head coach. Otwell compiled a record of 154-88 while winning five consecutive area titles and returning the Bulldogs to the state tournament for the first time since 2012.

Otwell helped several players reach the collegiate level on a softball scholarship during his time at Holtville, including all five players from the Class of 2019. Auburn signee KK Dismukes led the way and was also named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year

Otwell spent one season as an assistant at Holtville under coach Robert Rollan. Prior to joining Holtville, Otwell coached three seasons at Escambia County, leading the Blue Devils to their first 20-win season in school history.

Otwell attended high school at Hokes Bluff and was named the 2006 3A Player of the Year in baseball. He extended his playing career at Calhoun Community College and Troy University before graduating and getting his first high school coaching job.

Caleb Turrentine is a sports writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.