Jessica Lynn Named Brownwood Softball Coach
By James David
With the hiring of Girls softball coach Jessica Lynn, Brownwood Athletic Director Chuck Howard can now focus on getting his football team ready for two-a-days starting Monday Aug. 5.
Lynn, a recent graduate of the University Of North Texas, will teach general studies to grades 4-8 in addition to her duties as the head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach.
This is Lynn's first head coaching position and she brings a youthful exuberance to the job.
“I played softball at UNT, Texarkana College and Henderson State in Arkansas before deciding to transfer back to Denton for UNT,” Lynn said.
Lynn, a Grapevine native, wanted to stay in Texas after graduating from North Texas and when she found out about the Brownwood position, quickly applied to go through the interview process.
“My uncle works here and he told me this was a really nice town,” lynn said. “We started driving around, I met the coaches and it seemed like a really nice fit.”
Lynn said that one thing that has impressed her about Brownwood so far is the tightly knit group of coaches in each sport.
“Here, all the coaches go out to each others games and support the school. You don't see much of that at the bigger schools,” Lynn said.
“I went to a huge 5A school and there was hardly any community following at all,” Lynn Said.
In Brownwood even local fans who don't have kids playing in the games come out and support the team and the school.
Lynn stresses her experience at playing at the college level will help her to become a good leader with her kids and a role model for them to emulate.
Lynn hasn't met all of her players yet, but has her eyes on off season workouts.
Coach Howard has told Lynn that she will have all the support necessary to get the job done, whether its equipment, mentoring or anything else.
“All the coaches told me they all started as first year coaches at some point,” Lynn said. “So it feels really good to have that type of support going into my first job.”
Lynn is expecting 30-35 girls go out for softball this year, including several multi-sport athletes.
“That would be a good size group for the varsity and junior varsity,” Lynn said.
Lynn will also be teaching physical education at the High School in the afternoons.
“I know I will have the support here to be successful,” Lynn said. “I'm really excited and happy to be here.”