Kate Maddock has returned to her old stomping grounds, but with a new perspective.

The Woodlands High School graduate recently took over as the head softball coach at The Woodlands Christian Academy and is prepared to build on the solid foundation already established there.

Maddock was previously an assistant at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas.

“I was contacted and came down to visit,” she said. “After that, it was kind of a no-brainer. I’m from The Woodlands, so it was coming home, and there’s already a level of comfort here. The facilities here are great, the staff is awesome, and it feels like a family. The whole school was just so welcoming.”

Maddock graduated from The Woodlands in 2009 and continued her softball career at Houston Baptist. She was a four-year starter at catcher for the Huskies, an experience that helped shape her coaching style.

“I think it’s all about communication, whether that’s with the coaching staff or your players and the parents,” Maddock said. “I have more of a hands-on style. I know how pressure situations feel, and I know how it feels for college coaches to come watch you and recruit you. I kind of know what it takes to get to the next level. The thing I did re-learn last year was just all the things that go into being a high schooler that end up impacting the game.”

Maddock gravitated toward TWCA because of the “winning expectation” there. The Lady Warriors are just a couple years removed from playing in the TAPPS Division III state championship game.

“I’m really excited,” Maddock said. “I’m not starting from the ground. They had a culture of success, and winning is an expectation. I’m happy to just carry on the culture that this school has and that this team has and just bring it to the next level.”

Maddock is also intrigued by the amount of multi-sport athletes walking the campus at TWCA. She’s hoping to bring more players into the softball program and help them realize their potential.

“I know a lot of colleges these days, they’re looking for athletes,” she said. “And if you’re a well-rounded athlete, good coaches recognize that, and they like it. I’m really excited to get to share athletes with the other coaches, and we all work so well together. I want to bring in some girls that are good athletes and just don’t yet know that they want to play softball.”

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