Lebanon High softball coach Monica Braswell resigned earlier this month before ever coaching a game. Hired late in the summer as an education assistant, Braswell was offered and has accepted a full-time teaching position at Portland High School in Sumner County.
LHS assistant coach John LaFevor was promoted to the top spot Tuesday morning.
"Despite the unexpected circumstances, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Lady Devils Softball team," LaFevor said. "Over the next weeks I plan to put together a top quality staff who will help the Lady Devils achieve their goal of excellence.
Harris served as an assistant coach under former coach April Harris during the 2013 season. He coached for a number of years as both a head and assistant coach with recreational softball in different leagues in Wilson County.
"The girls have begun a rigorous off-season conditioning routine which includes cardio vascular conditioning, weight training, and arm conditioning to prepare for the 2014 season," LaFevor said. "We will be ready to compete when the 2014 season begins."
“You can’t blame Monica,” said Lebanon High athletic director and assistant principal Darian Brown. “She was willing to come here as an EA, with the understanding that we would work toward getting her a full-time spot.
“A position came open in Sumner County and as much as she would have liked to stay here, there’s no comparison in the money or benefits she would gain with a regular teaching position.”
Braswell, a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and a 2003 graduate of Gordonsville High School, was hired to take over for April Harris -- who resigned in late May after leading the Lady Devils to a record of 21-15 and a deep run in the District 9-AAA tournament.
Braswell came to Lebanon High after a three-year stint as head softball coach at Macon County High.
Harris, a special education case manager, resigned her coaching position due to family health concerns. Voted the 2013 District 9-AAA Coach of the Year, Harris remains on the LHS faculty.