Rethlake’s Return to Huntington – The Huntingtonian
Huntington native Erin Rethlake returns home as the new head coach of Forester softball.
By Sarah Disbro, Editor-in-Chief
Huntington Softball has a new head coach at the helm with former area softball star Erin Rethlake.
Rethlake played his high school career at Huntington North High School before playing DI softball at the University of Kentucky.
After her college career ended, she wasn’t ready to hang up her crampons yet. Rethlake always wanted to be involved in the game she loved, so she turned to coaching.
“When I started coaching I immediately fell in love with the game, and I realized how much impact I could have on young girls, and I knew that was what I wanted to do,” said Rethlake said in an email interview. .
She also credits playing at a high college level with the challenges of the ups and downs as having taught her “more than I could ever have imagined.” Rethlake sees coaching as a way to help girls go through many of the same experiences that she has had.
Having previously coached travel softball and a former assistant coach at Indiana Tech, Huntington is Rethlake’s first head coach position at the college level.
Being back in Huntington to coach Forester softball is an opportunity Rethlake couldn’t pass up.
“I grew up in Huntington my whole life and I grew up coming to the games. Being back home after college and having the opportunity to train in my hometown is more than I could have dreamed of, ”said Rethlake.
Having just been hired last June, Rethlake is in the early stages of meeting her new team, but is encouraged by what she has seen so far.
HU Softball’s schedule went 25-29 last season with a 14-20 record in the Crossroads League, good for seventh place in league action.
In anticipation of the spring season, Rethlake hopes to create a new culture around Forester Softball.
“… My goal, no matter what the record may look like this year, is to create a competitive, serious and cohesive culture for this HU softball team. They are already showing signs of these first 2 qualities so I am hopeful that this continues to grow.
As a head coach, Rethlake not only focuses on results on the pitch, but also on how his team members can develop off the pitch.
In addition to this competitive culture, she wants to help create a team that can “… become successful, spiritual and strong women … I hope to continue to guide and build not only successful athletes, but also successful women. ”
With this mindset, Rethlake believes good things will happen in the future of the softball program, both on and off the field.
Above all, Rethlake’s return to Huntington is an event that is sure to excite any Forester softball fan.
“I can’t wait to be back home. Everyone in Huntington has been so welcoming and kind and I can’t think of a better place to start my head coaching career.