In the world of high school sports, sometimes the most unexpected things can lead you home.

In the world of high school sports, sometimes the most unexpected things can lead you home.

Case in point, the new head coach of the Dickson Lady Comets softball team, Kersten Williams.

Williams is no stranger to the area having grown up in Lone Grove, but now she’s ready to forge a new legacy for a program which hasn’t won a district title since 2013.

“It’s all about softball in the state of Oklahoma,” Williams said. “I’m very excited to be back home. I’m closer to family. Getting to see a lot of people I played against and now getting to coach against them is very exciting for me as well.”

Williams is used to tough competition as she has spent the last few years coaching at various schools in Texas.

Most recently, Williams was in charge of the Wolfe City Lady Wolves, and helped guide them to their first playoff berth in many years.

She also helped build a solid foundation for the Lady Rams program at S&S Consolidated in Sadler, and also served as an assistant coach at Callisburg High School.

Dickson hasn’t posted a 10 plus win season since 2015 when the Lady Comets won 15 games.

In 2016, the Lady Comets finished with just three victories overall, before winning nine games last season.

The Lady Comets will be returning multiple players from last year’s fast pitch team and this past springs slow pitch squad. Williams said she is going to be putting her new squad to the test this summer in hopes of finding a formula which can lead to success.

“I haven’t gotten to watch these girls very much at all,” she said. “I want to put these girls in positions they aren’t used to playing in. We’re going to go through some tough workouts and figure out what is best for this team.”

“We’ve got four seniors, and so far they have been fantastic,” Williams added. “They’ve really been stepping up and showing the younger girls how we’re going to do things. I’m excited to have that kind of leadership for this team.” 

Dickson will play at Pauls Valley this week beginning Thursday.