Forsyth Central has hired Kaelin Farrington as the school’s softball head coach.
Farrington comes from Lakeside Middle School, where she has served as a technology teacher and track coach since 2010. She will teach physical education at Central.
Farrington replaces Bill Richardson, who served as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs from 2002-’12. Richardson resigned after leading Central to the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs last year.
"Central’s a program that’s been established and I wanted to stay in the area," Farrington said. "I’m just excited about the opportunity. It’s been a dream of mine to have a high school [coaching] job."
The 2003 Oconee County high school graduate earned a softball scholarship to Mercer University and later to North Georgia College and State University, where she was an infielder. She was named a First-Team Academic All-American twice, and led her team to the 2009 Division II Championship Tournament.
After graduation, she began her coaching career as an assistant coach at NGCSU, to help guide the Lady Saints to the College World Series and a national runner-up trophy with a 51-2 record.
"I really learned a lot as an assistant," Farrington said. "I was under a good coach.
"I wasn’t a natural [athlete,] so I had to work a lot harder, and I think that makes me a better coach because it didn’t come easy."
Farrington was recognized as a member of the 2010 Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fast Pitch Coaches’ Association.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game of softball — I know personally and have experienced what this sport can do for a young lady," said Farrington in a press release. "It taught me about creating strong family ties, building character in myself, personal discipline, and work ethic that can create opportunities such as athletic scholarships to fund a college education.
"I am excited about the opportunity to share all of this with the Central community. It is an honor to be chosen as the Lady Dawgs’ head coach."