BANGS — Bangs Athletic Director Chuck Lipsey didn’t have to go far to fill his softball coaching vacancy.

Lipsey announced Thursday that he has decided to promote assistant coach Scott Freeman to head the Bangs Lady Dragons softball team for the 2013-14 school year.

“Scott has been with us on staff for three or four years now,” Lipsey said. “He has done pretty much everything. He’s a football assistant coach, junior high basketball, baseball and track coach.”

Lipsey said that Freeman got hired on staff after he finished college after playing quarterback for Lipsey during his coaching tenure at Whitewright High School.

“He finished school and got back into contact with me so I was able to hire him on staff,” Lipsey said.

Lipsey said Freeman brings a passion for softball to his new position. Freeman gained experience coaching softball at Gunter as an assistant right out of college.

“He had experience coaching in college with softball and he really wanted to do this so we were able to promote him,” Lipsey said.

There are several area teams still looking for softball coaches — Early, Brownwood and Comanche are among them.

“Evidently, there is a shortage of softball coaches,” Lipsey said. “Right now, I know that Comanche is still looking. At one time, Santa Anna, us (Bangs), Brownwood, Early and Comanche were all looking for softball coaches.”

Freeman takes over a Lady Dragons program that went 20-7 in 2013 and has reached the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.