Woodstock HS Names New Head Softball Coach

Woodstock HS Names New Head Softball Coach

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A new head softball coach is headed to Woodstock High School!

Alex Gray, recently approved by the Cherokee County School Board as a new physical education teacher at Woodstock HS, will take over as head softball coach for the 2017-18 school year. Coach Gray brings 11 years of experience to the 7A Lady Wolverine program, including several State playoff appearances.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray

“We are excited to welcome Coach Gray aboard,” Woodstock High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “His coaching experiences and competitive nature make him a great asset to our athletic program. I look forward to him challenging our athletes and working with our team toward the goal of hanging additional championship banners for the Wolverine Nation.”

Coach Gray graduated from Valdosta State University, where he played on the school’s baseball team. Upon completion of his baseball career, he entered into coaching, serving as an assistant with the Valdosta State University Women’s Fast-Pitch program in 2002. He left to pursue a career in the corporate sector, but quickly realized coaching was his true passion.

While working to acquire his teaching certification, Coach Gray served as a community coach in the Valdosta area. He landed his first head-coaching job at Richmond Hill High School in 2008, where his team finished with a record of 15-13 and qualified for State playoffs. From there, he transitioned to the well-respected program at Lowndes High School.

With an overall coaching record of 67-34, he took his team to the Elite 8, won back-to-back region Championships (2010, 2011), was a two-time Region Coach of the Year and signed nine players to college scholarships. In 2012, his peers selected him as the Head Coach of the South All-star Team in Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Summer Softball Showcase.

In 2012, Coach Gray accepted the position of Assistant Softball Coach for the University of Connecticut for two years, followed by a year on staff at Ball State University. Although he considered the opportunity to coach at the Division 1 level an honor and a great experience, Coach Gray decided to return home to Georgia to settle down and start a family. Last year, he served as the Head Softball Coach at Oglethorpe County High School, where he led the Lady Patriots to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the school’s history.

Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Inducted into Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame & Named Region’s Athletic Director of the Year!

Woodstock High School Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring has been inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame and named the Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year!

Election to the Hall of Fame is considered one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to high school and college softball and baseball coaches in the State.  This year’s inductees were recognized by the organization, the official statewide organization for softball and baseball coaches, earlier this month.  She will be honored as a Region Athletic Director of the Year at the annual Georgia Athletic Director’s Association conference in Savannah, March 24-27.

Tonya Sebring

Assistant Principal Sebring, who also serves as the school’s Athletic Director, as a player, was the first fast-pitch recruit for Kennesaw State University and a member of its inaugural fast-pitch team.  She was inducted into the 2006 KSU Circle of Honor in recognition of her leadership in the sport.

She went on to coach at Woodstock High School from the school’s inception in 1996 until 2007.  Under her leadership, Woodstock’s team won three Region titles, State runner-up in 2005 and the State 5A Championship in 2006.  Coach Sebring was named Georgia’s High School 5A Coach of the Year in 2006.

In 2008, Coach Sebring took over the Etowah High School softball program.  In her second season, she led the Lady Eagles to their first Region Championship in the history of the school’s fast-pitch program.  During her four-year tenure at Etowah HS, she led her team three times to the State playoffs, advancing to the Sweet 16 her final season.

During her coaching career, Coach Sebring served for eight years as the State Softball Chair for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.  In 2012, Coach Sebring stepped down from coaching and entered into high school administration.

Assistant Principal Sebring will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 2, 2017 School Board meeting.