Meade softball’s Penny Reece steps down, named new Grayson coach

Meade County softball coach Penny Reece, pictured here during the Lady Waves’ May 24 game at Central Hardin, has been named the next head coach at Grayson County High School after four years in Brandenburg.

After four years and three seasons in Brandenburg, Meade County softball’s Penny Reece is heading home to Leitchfield.

A Grayson County native, has been named the new head coach at Grayson County High School. She will take over the program from Ted Hill.

“I think it’s something that you always think about, about maybe going home,” Reece said. “The Grayson County job has opened up several times over the last few years and I would think about it, but the timing just wasn’t right. For one, I had committed here to Meade, to come here and try to rebuild this program. I feel good about where it’s at now and so the timing just seemed right for a good change.”

Prior to Reece’s arrival at Meade County, she served as the head coach at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green. During her time with the Lady Gators, she won three state titles and was recognized as the state’s coach of the year six times.

Her time at Greenwood included 11 region championships and 16 district championships.

She took the Meade County job in 2018 after a three-year absence from coaching, where she compiled 73-37-2 record with the Lady Waves.

She coached Meade County to the 2018, 2019 and 2021 3rd Region Tournaments and captured the 2018 and 2019 11th District titles. In May, Reece became the state’s all-time winningest high school softball coach. She has a 680-187-4 career mark in 23 seasons.

This past season, the Lady Waves went 27-9-2 overall and lost 9-6 to Hancock County in the 11th District title game before falling 3-0 to Daviess County in their 3rd Region Tournament opener at Butler County High School.

“Right off, I knew it was gonna be a big challenge going into that. That’s exactly where I was at in my life, was wanting that type of challenge,” Reece said of her time at Meade County. “I cannot be any more happy than where that program was when I inherited it to where I’m leaving it. It’s in good shape to hopefully now continue on in the winning direction.”

Grayson County finished the 2021 season with a 7-26 overall record, ending its season with a 19-9 loss to Butler County in the Lady Cougars’ 12th District Tournament opener.

Grayson and Meade are in the 3rd Region.

“The Grayson County program has a lot to build on. There’s some good young kids. There is still a lot of slow pitch softball in that area for the younger kids and so that’s something that is holding that program back a little bit. Hopefully I can bring some insight into that and get them to see that you’ve got to get these kids started at a much younger age,” Reece said. “But there’s a good foundation there... It’s basically going to be starting from the ground up on fundamentals, learning how to win and just getting that pride back into that program again.”

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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