Bogue hangs up coaching hat with Lady Eagles
WEST UNION – After ten years on the field with the Lady Eagles softball team, Head Coach Lisa Bogue is hanging up her cleats.
“It’s one of the toughest decision I’ve ever made,” Bogue said after the Union County School Board accepted her resignation during their June 3 meeting, “But it felt like the right thing to do.”
Bogue’s daughter Bailey graduated in May 2014 from West Union after a stellar high school career on the softball diamond, and will move on to her collegiate career this fall as a Northeast Mississippi Community College Lady Tiger.
Between Bailey and younger brother Riley’s baseball career, it was the right time.
“I just wanted to have more time to see them play, Bailey’s going to Northeast, Riley’s entered the tenth grade with his own stuff and I needed the time to be a mom,” Bogue said.
Though she is leaving the program, Bogue insists that the success of the Lady Eagles team isn’t dependent on her.
“I didn’t do it, its all the girls. They are the ones who put in the hard work and make the decision to spent hours out there. I just maybe guided them along the way, any credit or success that this program has is because of them,” Bogue said.
The Lady Eagles also have the tools in place to become a state championship team, Bogue said.
“There truly is a lot of talent on that field, a lot of young ones who just need time to grow and figure themselves and the game out, but its all there for them,” Bogue said.
Though Bogue will no longer be coaching from the sideline, she plans to embrace the West Union softball program in a different way – as a spectator.
“I’m excited about it, and I plan to make every game that I can. It’s going to be different, but I like the idea of setting up my chair and my tent and just watching the game. I can argue with the ump and have a good time. No stress at all,” Bogue said.
Bogue will continue in her role as a teacher at West Union High School for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
About Donica PhiferDonica Phifer grew up in Tishomingo, Miss with two older brothers whose extracurricular activities taught her all about sports at an early age. Before joining the Gazette staff as the Sports Editor, she was a sportswriter for The Daily Corinthian and the Online Editor for three years at The Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper of The University of Mississippi. In her free time she's usually at an Ole Miss sporting event, cheering on the Rebels.
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