Brad Rowlett is the new softball coach at Mt. Juliet

Pedigo, who took Mt. Juliet to the state tournament three times in seven years and compiled a record of 223-94, was relieved of her duties at the end of the 2011 season.

Longtime LHS assistant coach April Harris has been elevated to the head coaching spot of the Devilettes. Harris played college softball at Cumberland University.

"Brad and I have talked at great length about his decision to locate closer to home," said LHS principal Myra Sloan. "I appreciate his devotion to our school and wish him well. He will be leaving the softball team in great shape.

"April has been Brad's assistant for many years as well as Frankie Dunklin. Frankie decided to step down at the end of this school year in order to devote more time to going back to school."

During his tenure at LHS Rowlett also coached wrestling and helped with the ninth grade football team.

Rowlett went on to say he was approached by Mt. Juliet principal Mel Brown about the softball vacancy several days ago.

"Having played baseball, football and wrestled at DuPont, I've known and respected Mr. Brown from back when he coached baseball at McGavock. I have a world of respect for him and look forward to competing for state championships at Mt. Juliet."

APRIL HARRIS, 28, has spent the past six seasons at LHS as an assistant coach to Rowlett. A former center fielder and leadoff hitter at Cumberland, she was a 4-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs.

"We've got a great group of girls coming back next season," Harris said Saturday, "We'll be a young team, but I think the sky is the limit for this bunch. I know I've got some big shoes to fill."