Tim Whitman

Tim Whitman earned coach of the year honors for winning the Class 5A State Championship. 

It was one of the hardest decisions Tim Whitman has ever made, but the former Ouachita softball head coach accepted the vacant head coaching position at North DeSoto High School last Friday.

In what Whitman called a family move, Whitman will now coach as the headman in Stonewall.

“It’s not anything Ouachita did because I love them to death,” Whitman said. “They did their best to try and keep me, but I’ve never really seen a place at a 4A level that has K-12 campuses on one land body. It was just too much to pass up to have all of my family together at one place.”

Former Griffins coach Lori McFerren retired this offseason and North DeSoto administrators wasted little time filling the position. Local softball fans would acknowledge North DeSoto’s attempt to do so as a home run. At Ouachita, Whitman went 200-51 and won two state championships with the latest coming in 2018.

“I get a lot of credit for the successful run we’ve had, but we had an administration that was proactive and we had the support of the school body. The parents were committed to it, and of course, it takes athletes too. You can’t win a derby without the horses. And I can’t say enough about the coaching staff.”

Whitman said telling the players last Friday was one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do.

“This group, they worked so hard because they got it,” Whitman said. “They understand why we work hard. I don’t ever plan on leaving somewhere, but if you do, you want to leave somewhere in a better situation than how you found it. I think we were able to do that here.”  

Award-winning sports writer for columns and features since joining the field in 2013. As the first-ever featured columnist of the month at Bleacher Report, Martin cut his teeth with online media before joining the newspaper business in 2014.

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