High School Sports

Debbie Ball out as softball, basketball coach at Brookstone

Debbie Ball is no longer the softball and girls basketball coach at Brookstone, she confirmed in an email Tuesday night.

''At this time, all I can say is that it was a difference in philosophy,'' she wrote. ''As of yesterday (Monday), I am no longer the softball and basketball coach.”

Ball said that she will complete all of her basketball duties and continue her teaching duties until the end of the school year.

Brookstone athletic director Brad Dehem declined opportunities to comment, noting in a text message to the Ledger-Enquirer that it is the school’s policy not to discuss personnel issues with the media.

Ball said in her email that she enjoyed her time coaching the Lady Cougars.

''I have had the pleasure of working with some outstanding athletes at Brookstone,” she wrote, “but it appears for now the good Lord has a different plan for me.''

Ball coached at Shaw High for 30 years, from 1978-2008, where she accumulated nearly 600 wins in softball. In 2006, she took over as athletic director for the school, becoming the first female AD in Muscogee County.

She coached in seven different sports over her career, including basketball, but is most recently known for revitalizing a softball program at Brookstone that had been defunct since the 2007 season.

The team, which began as a middle school program in 2008, progressed quickly and advanced to the state tournament each of the past two seasons. In her career, she amassed a record of 643-274.

She also coached girls basketball at Brookstone, most recently leading her team this season to the state playoffs for the first time since 1998. It lost in the first round to George Walton last Friday.

It is unclear at this time who will replace Ball as head of the softball or girls basketball teams.

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