Montabella has new baseball, softball coaches


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:08 am on Monday, November 18, 2013

BLANCHARD — When the spring comes back around in 2014, Montabella will have a pair of new varsity coaches.

The varsity baseball team will be led by Jon Greenhoe while JV softball coach Chara Wood was promoted to varsity.

Greenhoe replaces Matt Hynes, who took a teaching position in Detroit. Wood takes over for Vicki Sawyer, who left to spend more time with grandchildren.

Montabella athletic director John Helinski noted Greenhoe has coached in the area.

“Jon is a local guy who graduated from Montabella and has coached before in the 90s,” Helinski said. “We are excited to have him back in the program and I think he will help to build up our numbers in the baseball program.”

Helinski cited the job Wood did with the JV team.

“She (Wood) has done a nice job with our JV team the past couple of years,” he said. “She has put a lot of time in over the years coaching youth teams and has now worked her way up to the varsity level.”

Greenhoe noted this is the first varsity coaching job he has had.

“I had several parents and players ask me to coach and my kids are no longer in sports,” Greenhoe said.

Greenhoe listed his skills in coaching as “a lot of playing experience and knowledge of the game.”

The Mustangs will try to win with defense, Greenhoe said.

“We have a lot of team speed and a solid defense,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of power. I think with our speed and defense we will have low scoring games.”

Wood was the JV coach for the two seasons prior to the coming one.

“I choose this particular time just due to the fact that the job position was open and I feel confident in my skills, my assistant coach, and my ability to continue to build a positive softball program,” Wood said.

Wood believes she can turn around the program.

“Some of the things I bring to the table of coaching at the Varsity level are providing a safe environment for all players, teach and provide positive physical and mental skills for the game, positive sportsmanship and the ability to develop a positive team performance,” she said.

Unlike Greenhoe, Wood wants to win with offense.

“My offensive philosophy is to be aggressive and smart on the bases, swinging at good pitches, and get lots of runs,” she said. “My defensive philosophy is communication, repetition, keep moving, and avoid letting our competitors have big innings.”

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