By Abigail Downing
Howland High School has recently hired new head coaches for the baseball and softball team. Amanda Toth, softball, and Justin Drapp, baseball, have high hopes for the teams this year and want them to improve every game.
Toth states she plans to have the girls practice different situations and work on the fundamentals because the “little things makes big things happen.” Overall, her goal is to help the girls “become better people and athletes.”
Similarly, Drapp plans to help the baseball team improve by giving them a good mental attitude and teaching them how to deal with failure, while being competitive. He hopes to help “teach the boys to become responsible young men.”
Some of the players believe the new coaches are a great addition to the teams. Leah Pollifrone, senior softball player, states, “Toth will bring a new style of play to our team, since she worked for the Akron Collegiate Softball team,” and she was assistant coach last year so she already knows the team.
Jacob Harsany, senior baseball player, states, “Drapp has a really good understanding of how to make us better, and he will help us win a lot more games.”
Both coaches have previous play experience as well as coaching experience. Toth was the assistant coach last year at Howland and was a student manager and then a graduate assistant at the University of Akron. While, Drapp was the head coach at Geneva High School for three years as well as the assistant coach at Warren G Harding High School.