With the stepping down of coach Tony Bowen of the Lady Leopards softball program prior to the end of the school year, Banks County named Kelby Cronic the new head coach in late March.
Cronic is not new to the program or its success, as he has been an assistant coach for the past nine years at Banks County. This is Cronic’s first head coaching gig.
Less than a year ago, Banks County was celebrating a Class 2A State Runner-Up finish after making the semifinals the year prior. These are the good ole days for the Lady Leopards, who have gone 55-19, claiming also a region title and earning a top-five ranking two years in a row.
Bowen had been the head coach for the past seven seasons, winning 132 games, three region titles, and making the playoffs in six of the seven years.
While Bowen’s daughter, Jaycie Bowen, graduated this spring as one of the best players in team history (reigning BLITZ Player of the Year), the cupboard is not bare for Cronic.
He will have seven returning starters in 2019, including star pitcher Tybee Denton, who also has crushed the ball at a similar rate to Bowen did last year. Madison Cronic, Kya Santiago, and Jill Martinet are other key players coming back to make another legitimate run for a state title.