Upson-Lee’s Lady Knights softball team has a new addition to its coaching staff. Sydney Tucker, a former player for Mercer University and a state champion at Ola High School, has joined the coaching staff as a pitching coach.
Tucker was a driving force for her high school team at Ola. She helped the team earn a state title her freshmen season and continued to be a force in the pitcher’s circle her entire career.
“I am excited to know that I can catch girls in their early development because the more I can work with them the better,” said Tucker. “I have learned that some of the girls have never had a pitching lesson, so I am ready to get rolling with them and build that foundation up…”
Tucker has found a passion for impacting the lives of children and that has inspired her to become a teacher, which allows her to come back to the diamond and coach.
Upson-Lee is fresh off its most successful season ever and the program must build off that momentum. The addition of someone who has seen firsthand what it takes to win at the highest level of high school softball will help the Lady Knights take the next step.
The Lady Knights coaching staff believes that Tucker’s help came at the right time as many of the Lady Knights lack depth at the pitching position due to underdevelopment.
Coach Austin Franklin told The Upson Beacon, “[Tucker] could take our program from average to elite in two to three years.”
Coach Taylor English added, “She really knows what she’s doing, and she will be a great asset.”
With the loss of Zaria Childs, more pressure is on Gracie Self to be a solid number one in the pitcher’s circle. Now that Upson-Lee has a pitching coach, a couple more arms need to develop behind Self. Strong pitching is priceless, and Upson-Lee benefitted from the great season from Childs and Self last year. The Lady Knights are a threat for the region title once again this season, but another arm is necessary for Upson-Lee to make it in the tournament setting.
It is Tucker’s goal to make that happen. “I am looking forward to helping in any way that I can to get these girls to a state championship,” said Tucker.