Ace Adcock grew up in the North Hardin community, played baseball for the Trojans and as the coach, he has turned the program around.
Adcock gave credit to his coaching staff and great players for the success this season as the Trojans went 32-6, won the 17th District championship and were runners-up in the 5th Region Tournament.
“I really wish they would call it coaching staff of the year,” he said. “I owe a lot to my coaches. I feel like I have a great coaching staff. They all bring so much to the table. Coach (Derek) Cape handles our pitching and conditioning. Coach Corky (Morse) came on and was tremendous with team morale and brought a lot of experience. Coach (Bill) Schlett worked with our outfielders for six years and really brought this group up from freshmen and middle school baseball to this. Tyler (Brandenburg) and Lance (Baker) are awesome. They’re committed and work hard. They’ll do anything for the kids.”
Adcock also credited his players for helping him win this award.
“I also have great players,” Adcock said. “I don’t know if I did anything different this year than I’ve done the past eight, but you put good players on the field and let them play and manage them a little bit and good things happen. I’m really proud of them.”
Adcock has been selected as Area Coach of the Year by the seven area coaches and The News-Enterprise sports staff. He earned six first-place votes and tallied 30 points. LaRue County’s Chase Greenwell was second, totaling 18 points with one first-place vote. Central Hardin’s Todd Thompson was third with 10 points. Voting was done on a 5-3-1 scale and coaches couldn’t vote for themselves.
“It is an honor to be voted by my peers as Coach of the Year,” Adcock said.
North Hardin took home wins in Co-Player of the Year, Sophomore of the Year and Pitcher of the Year and Adcock was proud to see them being recognized for all their hard work.
“That’s really special to me. They work hard and they give their best to me. They work in the weight room, they’re here in the fall and they practice on their own. They deserve it for their hard work,” he said about the award winners. “To see them all receive those awards is very fulfilling and they wouldn’t be able to have those awards if the other guys didn’t do their roles. I’m really proud of them and the whole team for what they accomplished this year.”
As a hometown guy and former player at North Hardin and Lindsey Wilson College, Adcock is happy and thankful to receive this award. Adcock always found himself coming back to North Hardin even after his playing days in high school were done.
“As a former alumni, I’ve been around North Hardin baseball since I was eight-years-old,” he said. “I went to games and I played here and I had a good career. I went to college and I would come back here in the summers and coach the summer league team.”
After being an assistant coach for the Trojans, Adcock earned the head coaching job in 2011 and through his eight seasons, he has been making a positive impact on his players.
“When I took over the position as the coach, one of my goals was for these guys to experience what other players had experienced and myself and that has been a motivating factor for me,” Adcock said. “To see them win a district championship, to see our kids have success, to tie the school record for wins and for them to experience those things are more fulfilling for me.”
The future is bright for North Hardin baseball, and even though the Trojans said goodbye to four seniors – Kyle Collin, Eric Moore, Andrew Henderson and Nathan Ymata — Adcock is expecting the younger players to step up and have an exciting season on the diamond.
“I’m excited for next year. I don’t know what it holds, but I like what we have coming up the next couple years,” he said. “They work hard and they’re great kids.”