Gene Charles Named PA Coach of the Year for Girls Softball
Coach Charles celebrates the 2018 PIAA 5A State Championship in a parade through Strasburg on June 28, 2018.
Photo courtesy of LNP
Lampeter-Strasburg varsity softball coach Gene Charles has been named the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Coach of the Year for Girls Softball (fast pitch) by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Coaches Association. He was nominated by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association as the most deserving recipient for this honor, which recognizes coaches who are “leading their sport, shaping their athletes and contributing in a positive way to their communities.”
Coach Charles and assistant coach Lisa Boone led the softball team to their first PIAA championship in 2018. The Pioneers beat West Allegheny 6-2 to capture the 5A title on June 14 in State College.
“I am very honored to win this award, but an award like this is not received alone by far,” said Coach Charles. “First of all you have to have a great group of athletes to work with, which we do. I also have an unbelievable assistant in Lisa Boone who keeps me on track. I’ve taken a little from every coach I’ve ever played for to form my own style.”
Dr. Branden Lippy, the district’s athletic director is very pleased to see Coach Charles receive the statewide honor.
“Coach Charles has been an asset to the L-S Softball program for many years,” she said. “This award is a true reflection of his loyalty and work ethic in creating a successful softball program at L-S.”
Softball has been a huge part Coach Charles’s life since his daughters Brittany and Jessica started playing 28 years ago. He has been with L-S since 2000 and is a founder of the T-ball program and longtime coach at the Strasburg Willow Street Baseball Softball Association (SWS).
When not on the softball field, Coach Charles is busy running his business, Gene Charles Ceramic Tile. He can also be found riding his motorcycle, hunting, and spending time with friends and family.
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