STANTON — Another new softball coach will be at the helm of the Central Montcalm varsity team.
Bruce Nicholson will take over from Jason Johnson.
Nicholson has been around Green Hornet softball for a while, so he knows most of the players on the team.
“I’ve been around Central Montcalm softball for seven years,” Nicholson said. “I assisted as a volunteer with coach Johnson. I’ve got a real passion for the game, and when it came open I applied and here we are.”
Nicholson says he coached a lot of the players coming through.
“I think there’s an awful lot of talent here,” he said. “I think we have a pretty good foundation with the softball program. I wanted this position to keep molding the kids and keep the girls going the right way with softball.”
Nicholson is from the Stanton area.
“I’ve been with Central Montcalm my whole life. There was no other position for me,” he said. “I love it here.”
Nicholson knows he has some work to do with the Hornets.
“We’re young,” he said. “We’ve got a nice blend of kids. We have some goals set. We’re going to grow, we’re going to develop, we’re going to get better. We haven’t decided wins and losses but we have some pretty hefty expectations, but we’re going to be OK trying to get there.”
Those were the things that Central athletic director Tom Torok liked about Nicholson.
“Bruce is passionate about softball and he was able to articulate a long term vision and commitment to the program,” Torok said. “He has the experience and coaching contacts to improve not only the team as a whole but also individual players.”
Torok is expecting Nicholson to help the softball program grow.
“We are confident that he will continue the positive momentum created from last year’s success,” he said.
Nicholson has already accomplished one goal Torok had for him.
“One of the biggest goals Bruce had for the program was establishing a JV team again,” he said. “He and his staff have worked hard to recruit players to field both a JV and varsity team.”