High School Softball: Garber moves across the bridge to coach
NITRO, W. Va. (WCHS-TV/WVAH-TV) - Greg Garber is back coaching softball. Back wearing red in fact. But he's traded in his St. Albans Red for Nitro red.
"To be honest, I had a hard time at first putting that hat on instead of that SA hat on which I did everyday for 32 years," Garber said.
But he's getting more and more used to it. After sitting out four seasons due to health reasons, Garber couldn't take it anymore. He regained his health and now he's regained his passion for softball as well.
"I love the game," said Garber, who won a state AAA title while coaching across the bridge at St. Albans. " I love working with the young people and seeing them successful and not just learning about the game but becoming successful adults."
Garber is now in charge of a former rival. A Nitro program that has always been an afterthought - to be kind - in softball. The Wildcats won only seven games the previous two seasons. And only 14 wins in the last four years prior to Garber's arrival. Coach got it turned around and did so much faster than most expected.
"I wasn't expecting it at all. It's like something new and it's fun," said Hailey Harr, Nitro's junior shortstop.
Freshman Morgan Burdette, an infielder, added, "It's a lot of hard work. Hard work for three weeks. Mostly everyone came out and put their time in and I think that really helped."
Don't count on the Wildcats to be a flash in the pan. With all kinds of young talent - they have only one senior on the roster - this team is certainly not a one and done.
"We also have a lot of young talent coming up so a lot of freshmen now plus upcoming," Burdette said. "I think we're going to be really successful in the coming years.
Something Nitro hopes to prove to the entire state in the not-too-distant future.