Lady Statesmen Softball Staff
Gary Rodgers was named the new head coach for the softball team. This is his second stint as the coach of the Lady Statesmen. He was the head coach from 1984-1990 and guided the Lady Statesmen to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchison, KS in 1988. He also served as the head coach at Olney Central from 2000-06 and has an NJCAA record of 530-198. He served as the head coach at St. Mary of the Woods College from 2006-13, where he set a school record with 187 wins and guided the Pomeroys to two USCAA National Championships, three runner-up finishes and one third place finish.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the program again. I had a great experience the first time and I look forward to another. Ashley Gordon left the program in good shape. I feel like we can play with any GRAC school, it’s just a matter of doing it,” said Rodgers.
“I have both academic and athletic goals for our players. I want our athletes to achieve high academic standards, have a high graduation rate and a one hundred percent retention rate. Athletically, I want to prepare our players to play at the college level. I want to make a commitment to make Lincoln Trail softball strong and get good, consistent play,” Rodgers said.
Rita (Roberts) Corder
Rita (Roberts) Corder is returning to Lincoln Trail College after being a two-sport athlete at the College. She played volleyball in the Fall of 1985 for Coach Gazi Rahman and softball in the Spring of 1986 for Coach Gary Rodgers. The ’86 softball team won a Regional Championship. Corder’s playing career came to an end after suffering a career-ending knee injury.
Since her playing days ended, Corder has served as an assistant coach on several elite travel teams.
Softball is in the family for Corder. Her daughters, Madison Bayless and Parker Corder, both played for Rodgers at Lincoln Trail College. She’s married to Clint Corder, who coaches softball at Robinson High School.
Alan Cooley joined the Lady Statesmen in the 2017-18 season. Cooley played men’s softball for 20 years and started his coaching career in 1999. He started coaching at the summer league level and then moved to travel ball teams.
“I’ve always wanted to coach at this level,” said Cooley. “I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I’m happy to be a part of the Lincoln Trail College program and I look forward to helping make a positive experience in the girls’ lives.”