Longtime assistant coach Sam Hershey will be the new head softball coach at Wake Forest High School, athletics director Mike Joyner announced Wednesday. He succeeds Doug Kinsman, who led the Cougars for 13 years before announcing his resignation last month.
Hersey’s experience with the softball program dates to 2005. He was the junior varsity coach from 2005 to 2009 and has served as an assistant varsity coach under Kinsman since 2010.
Hershey also serves as head coach of the school’s wrestling team, which tied for the 2013 Cap-8 conference title. He was named conference coach of the year.
“I’m honored and humbled to be entrusted with leading the Wake Forest softball program,” Hershey said in a news release.
The Cougars softball program won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East regional title this year to advance to the state championship before falling in two games to Alexander Central.
The team has dominated the Cap-8 for years, including a 143-game conference win streak that spanned more than a decade before being broken last season.
The run was broken in April by a 2-1 loss to crosstown rival Heritage, but Wake Forest went on to clinch a 12th consecutive league title and a second regional championship under Kinsman.
“We felt that his years of experience with the program were key with moving forward with naming him as our coach,” Joyner said of Hershey. “I have no doubt he can continue to keep our program at the high level it has seen in the past.”