New Fishers Softball Head Coach Talks Season Expectations
Writer: Matt Keating
Photography Provided by Kelly Applegate & Josh Brown
Bridget Langan-Puckett, the new Fishers High School Head Varsity Softball Coach, says working with her players is the best part of her job.
“Not only are they great athletes who work hard, but they are wonderful people,” Langan-Puckett says. “As an example, they were all wonderful for our recent ‘cause and youth’ night.”
The evening was tied in with The Fishers Softball “Mudsock” game against Hamilton Southeastern on April 13, so it could be a community event.
“We wanted to get as many youth softball players at the game as possible to get them excited about playing softball at Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern and give our players an energetic, loud, and fun environment to play in,” Langan-Puckett says. “We typically have our biggest turnout of the year on this night, so we have made it our game for a cause. This year it was our ‘pink’ game. Since HSE was the home team they worked out all of the details, but we typically use it as an opportunity to raise money to help in our community.”
Langan-Puckett says this season has reaffirmed her belief that working with the team is the most rewarding part of her job.
“Our players are always fun to hang-out with, they organize community service events for the entire team and have really great outlooks on life,” she says. “Having a locker room out by our field really gives us a home. It is full of posters made by the players with different sorts of quotes.”
Langan-Puckett, who is in her third year of coaching but first as the head coach, says “it is a great environment for their three teams of girls (including varsity, junior varsity, and freshman), to become better softball players and have a great time as they represent our school.”
Before she started coaching at Fishers High School, Langan-Puckett was an assistant varsity coach at Bloomington High School South for three years. They were the 2014 4-A state champs during her time there.
Great Mix of Players
Langan-Puckett, who is also a math teacher, is excited about this season of Tigers softball.
“This year, we have a great mix of new and returning players, including six varsity letter earners,” she says. “We have three great seniors. One of them, Kristi Gordon, is back in our outfield, and our lineup. She brings with her three years of varsity experience, speed, smarts, and offensive production.
“Three-time varsity letter earner Diane Abbott has an expanded role this season. We used her in both the infield and outfield as needed. Sydney Milburn, our third senior, is new to varsity and brings a big bat and solid glove at first base. “
Langan-Puckett added that sophomores Brooke Benson and Courtney James are back for a second year on the varsity seat.
“Together, they will manage the left side of the infield, and make some noise in the batter’s box,” Langan-Puckett says. “This team is made up of 13 hard working and smart players. We are looking forward to a fun season as we work toward our ultimate goal of a Sectional Championship.”
The team also plans to build on their hard work from last season.
“We had a good season last year,” Langan-Puckett says. “We went 10-12 and made it to the Championship game against HSE.”
She has high hopes the team will make it to a Sectional Championship in 2018.
“This team is a great group of athletes, we are going to have a lot of fun on offense, and we have some great defensive playmakers as well,” she adds.
The Tigers softball team has a full slate of games in May, including home games May 7 against Carmel, May 8 against Westfield and May 14 against Warren Central. The Tigers will be on the road May 9, 15 and 17 against New Palestine, Zionsville and Anderson. For more information, visit fisherstigersathletics.com.