The Rush Springs Lady Redskins have spent the summer getting used to a new coach.
Wes Bryson was hired by the school to take over as the head coach of the softball program. He has spent time at Guymon High School and in Texas. He has also spent time at the college level.
After moving around so much over the course of his career, Bryson said that he wants this move back to Oklahoma to be his last. Bryson was previously at Mineral Wells High School in Texas.
One of the benefits of Rush Springs — according to Bryson — is the proximity to family and Oklahoma City. Another positive is the direction that the school district is going.
As for the team, they have competed in a summer league, hosted by Marlow. They have also participated in scrimmages in Chickasha and Duncan.
Bryson has been impressed with what he has seen over the course of the summer.
"I’m real impressed with the girls in general," he said. "I think our girls are right along with everybody else. … It’s coming around.
"It’s a great group of kids to be working with, and I’m super happy about it."
The Lady Redskins have several seniors on the roster, including Bailey Beard. Bryson mentioned her plans to continue playing softball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.
He also said that the team is still working on getting the bats going, but he has been focusing on the other side of the ball.
"We’ve really been working on defense," he said.
Bryson called himself "defensive minded," and he is excited about the pitching he has seen so far.
Since he arrived, Bryson has put an emphasis on how to win. That is something he is excited to teach.
"I’m really excited about teaching them that," he said.
Bryson knows about some of the teams around the area, but he is also still learning.
"I’m trying to kind of get used to who this team is and who that team is," he said.
The season begins within the upcoming week.