It appears you can take the coach out of the school, but you can't take the school out of the coach.
Sean O'Mara retired as a teacher at Siuslaw High School last spring.
But the veteran coach will return to guide the Lady Vikings' softball program.
Siuslaw lost just three players to graduation — Kya Blake, Adriana Edwards and Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan.
But the Lady Vikings finished the season with 17 players on the team, so should have an abundance of veterans, powered by senior shortstop Bailey Overton, who was first-team all-state and Sky-Em League first team.
Senior centerfielder Hayden Muller was second team all-league.
Senior Maggie Manning and sophomore Cate Waggoner shared pitching duties last spring.
The Lady Vikings' fourth senior is outfielder Brooke Olson.
Last spring's roster included now-juniors Gillian Norton, Ava Coggins and Bailey Myrick.
Seven now-sophomores were varsity players as freshmen, including Kristin Wall, Meika Shappell, Brynlee Manues, Ashley Hennessee, Rosa Velasco-Mendez, Chloe Aaron and Waggoner.
The Lady Vikings tentatively are scheduled to open their season with a doubleheader March 18 at Sutherlin.
Jamie Hunt and Jodi O'Mara are returning assistant coaches.
The Lady Vikings will hold their first practice on Valentines Day (Feb. 14) 2022.
2021 record: 1-14 overall, 1-14 Sky-Em League
Monday, Feb. 14 — First practice
Monday, March 14 — First contest/jamboree date
Friday, March 18 —at Sutherlin (DH), 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12 — Marist, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 15 — at Junction City (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19 — at Cottage Grove, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 22 — Elmira (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 — Marshfield, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 29 — at Marist (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3 — Junction City, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 6 — Cottage Grove (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10 — at Elmira, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 13 — at Marshfield (DH), 3 p.m.
Coach: Sean O'Mara
Assistants: Jamie Hunt, Jodi O'Mara
No. 8-ranked Siuslaw drops five-set match at Cottage Grove to enter OSAA 4A playoffs as Sky-Em League's...
Next up for Siuslaw boys and girls is Sky-Em League Championships next Thursday in Eugene.
Based on current OSAA computer rankings, No. 3 Siuslaw would host No. 14 Nyssa/Harper Charter.
Best bets for weekend fishing