Steve Hutcherson saw himself as more than a small town baseball coach.

That’s why, after five years at the 1A level, he switched gears and sought mentorship under Cy Lakes skipper Jeff Wallis the last two seasons, learning the ins and outs of running a 5A program. It’s that experience that Hutcherson believes will benefit him in his new challenge as head baseball coach at 3A Lampasas.

“I went there to kind of learn how to run a bigger program,” said Hutcherson, 31. “Stuff like at Granado and Bracketville, you don’t have to worry about try-outs or booster clubs or multiple teams. ... So a lot of that stuff was kind of foreign to me.”

Hutcherson, who replaces reassigned Larry Lovett as the Badgers’ skipper, was officially approved at the Lampasas School Board meeting June 2.

Prior to being an Cy Lakes assistant coach, Hutcherson spent five seasons as a head coach at Ganado (2008-10) and Bracketville (2004-08), where he went to the playoffs each year. He led Bracketville to the Region IV semifinals in 2005 and 2007, and Ganado to the Region IV quarterfinals in 2009.

Wins on the diamond, let alone playoff trips, have been hard to come by the last several years in Lampasas, where the Badgers finished 4-20 overall and 2-8 in District 25-3A last season after going 4-23-1 and 1-9 in 2011.

Among the other head coaching hires at Lampasas was the selection of Kecia Davis as the head volleyball coach, replacing Beth Rutland who resigned earlier this year.

Davis, a native of Killeen and 1981 graduate of Killeen High, said she “most definitely” wanted to get back involved in high school athletics after spending five years (2006-10) as the head volleyball coach at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge again, and just being back in the high school ranks,” Davis said.

Davis has previous coaching experience at the 3A level, spending 15 years (1991-2006) at Columbus where she secured multiple playoff appearances.

“Just being in public education is (for me) when you see the light bulb come on for kids, whether it’s in the athletic arena or in the classroom,” Davis said. “To me that’s what teaching’s about.”

She credited her late father’s declining health with her decision to move back to Central Texas in 2006 and take the UMHB post. But since parting way with the Crusaders in 2010, Davis has spent the last two years substitute teaching and driving busses for the Killeen Independent School District.

Last season Ronny Allen was a head football coach at Holland.

Now, the 16-year coaching veteran is changing it up.

Allen was named the head baseball coach at Florence recently, taking over for former Florence coach Leo McDaniel, who led the Buffaloes to a 13-9 record last season, but went 6-8 in District 27-2A and missed the playoffs.

“We had several applicants for the job, but you try to look at who would be a good fit for the community and they had to have their special education certification and that narrowed it down quite a bit,” said Florence athletic director Paul Smith.

“He was just way above the rest and that is why we picked him. He brings a lot to the table.”Allen left the Holland football program after leading the Hornets to an overall 13-37 record over the last 5 seasons. The Hornets went 1-9 least season and had not made the playoffs since 2001.

However, Smith doesn’t have an idea who he is going to hire to coach the school’s volleyball program. Smith said the applicant pool has been thin to replace Joanna Hensley, who stepped down as volleyball coach at the end of the school year to pursue her master’s degree. Florence went 11-21 last season and only 1-13 in District 27-2A play.

The Lady Buffaloes were 21-47 in two years under Hensley.

“She was a good asset and a good coach,” Smith said. “All we can do is hire the best applicant possible. ... It has to be a marriage of the teaching and the coaching.” Volleyball season begins Aug. 6.

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