Howe High School Softball Head Coach Jeff Martin set an impressive pace by taking the team all the way to the end of a historic championship season. The UIL 2017 3A Regional Semifinal Champions Lady Bulldogs will welcome a new coach in the coming season, with Martin not returning as the softball head coach next season.

“I haven’t got to tell a whole lot of the kids, only a couple of them,” Martin said. “I’m not going to be the softball coach.”

Despite the change-up, Martin will be exiting the position on a high note with the Howe High School Softball program.

Martin will remain active in the HHS athletic department next season. Martin is set to return as the head coach of the Howe tennis and track teams, and will also serve as an assistant coach for the Howe High School basketball team.

“I’ll do cross country, and I’ll help with basketball and do tennis,” Martin said.

Martin has been coaching for a total of 22 years but his most recent highlight would be coaching a historic Lady Bulldog team through a record-setting 2017 season.

“Getting to the regional finals would have to top everything,” Martin said. “I think it was a great learning experience.”

Martin said it was exciting to take the team “somewhere they hadn’t been before and it was just a lot of fun to be a part of.” Martin credits the players for being the deciding factor for the team’s level of achievement.

“I had a good kids, it makes a big difference,” he said.

The softball team is expecting four starters to return for their senior year. Payton Griffin, Torrey Stubblefield, Peyton Streetman, and Erin Blackburn will pick up where they left off last season as they aim to top their previous success on the field. Martin said the highlight for him during his coaching career is helping the players’ progress.

“Watching them get better, that’s why we get into it, to help the kids,” Martin said.

The incoming softball head coach for next season has yet to be announced by the Howe Independent School District and athletic department.