Elmwood's Matt Hoiles reaches 300 wins (5-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 20 May 2013 20:56
File photo. Elmwood varsity softball coach Matt Hoiles congratulates player Olivia Myers during a game against Liberty Center. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY — For Matt Hoiles, it’s all about the players who have come through the Elmwood softball program in his 14 years as head coach.
Those players, under the tutelage of Hoiles and his assistant coaches, have now recorded 300 wins.
Victory No. 300 came Monday, 14-3 over Rossford, in a game called after 4 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule. The victory also cinched the Northern Buckeye Conference title for Elmwood.
‘‘It’s something that I look back and I see faces from the first team (in 2000) — Erin Hammer, Melissa Reynolds, April Bils, Meredith Feasel,’’ Hoiles said. ‘‘To start out with 23 wins in that first year for me, that jump-started my career here.
‘‘Every year there are those faces and people who have contributed and helped get a lot of these wins,’’ Hoiles continued. ‘‘To get 300, it’s about the kids ... For just about every win, I can see faces in my mind.’’
With his early success, Hoiles has been able to build a program which challenges for league titles and looks to make deep tournament runs. He has averaged over 21 wins per year.
‘‘He’s really excited,’’ said Elmwood senior Katie Bottesch. ‘‘He really puts a lot into the program ... We respect him and appreciate what he does for us.’’
‘‘I am so happy for him, he deserves it,’’ said Elmwood senior Tori Hillard. ‘‘He does everything for us and he would help us no matter what time of day it was.’’
Hoiles also said his assistant coaches have been an important part of his success, along with the efforts of his wife, Amy, and the administration at Elmwood. — CARLE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:58

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