Head Coach/Manager – Cary Edwards
Cary been involved as a youth sports coach since he was 15 years old at which time the parents of his brother’s baseball team elected to remove the coach and elevate him to the head coach position. From this moment on Cary knew he would spend a lifetime coaching youth sports. After college and before kids he coached both baseball and basketball at the Northside Youth Organization (NYO). In 2007, his oldest two daughters began playing at West Cobb Girls Softball and he went on to coach them and his other 3 daughters in rec, all stars and travel ball. Since 2010 he has served on the Board of Directors for WCGS including service as the President of the Board and has coached 60+ teams and nearly 750 youth ball players in his career. Cary’s passion is to help his players learn the value of hard work, competition, accountability, self-discipline and intrinsic motivation in an effort to prepare them first and foremost for their lives ahead not only as student-athletes but more importantly as adults.
Asst. Coach – Danny Lindsey
Danny has been coaching softball for the past 7 years and brings a wealth of knowledge regarding high level sports with him. Danny was a 4-year letterman and starting offensive lineman at Auburn University during one of its most successful periods and understands the commitment and dedication it takes to rise to the top. Danny has been through the recruiting process and knows the lay of the land in that regard. As our players start to age and enter into the recruiting process Danny will be instrumental in helping our student-athletes navigate the waters.
Asst Coach – We are holding this position while looking for a perfect fit from a former high level or college player who shares our vision and culture.
In his second year as head coach of the Kennesaw State Owl softball team Tripp’s teams has become a powerhouse at the plate. In the 2019 season the Owls ranked in the ASUN’s top-3 for slugging percentage (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), doubles (2nd), home runs (T-1st), RBIs (3rd) and runs scored (3rd). At the time of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown the Owls were 21-4 and in 1st place of the ASUN conference with a team batting average of .350, a .504 slugging percentage and a .419 on base percentage, all tops in the conference.
Tripp’s previous experience includes 8 years as hitting coach for the University of Oklahoma where he coached in (4) Women’s College World Series with one National Championship, helped produce (19) NFCA All-Americans including the USA Softball National Player of the Year and the #1 and #6 players on the all time NCAA home run list. Some of the great NCAA players he has coached includes Lauren Chamberlin, Shelby Pendley and Keilani Ricketts.
Tripp has also been an assistant coach at the University of Texas and was the Director of Player Development for the Scrap Yard Sports including the Scrap Yard Dawgs Pro Fast Pitch team. Additionally, Tripp has served as a hitting instructor at Mike Candrea’s University of Arizona Summer Camps.
A two-time All American at Florida State University and former player in the National Fast Pitch Professional league, Myssi now oversees softball operations at Champions Fast Pitch Academy at D-Bat Atlanta. Myssi’s life was changed forever when she found God while playing at FSU and now her and her husband minster to local area athletes on a regular basis.
Myssi brings a never-ending positivity and attitude along with her Christ-centered messaging that will help prepare our student-athletes to face the struggles they will face on and off the field as they enter into their adolescent years hopefully leading to a Christ-centered life. Myssi was on the leading edge of 925 Athletic Ministries which got its name from 1 Corinthians 9:25.“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”