Graves' new softball coach: Stan Waller

Graves County High School has named Stan Waller as its new Lady Eagle varsity softball coach.
“I’ve been coaching Graves County Middle School girls’ basketball for five years,” Waller explained. “I’ve taught and coached at Lyon County, Calloway County, Murray, Spencer County, and now Graves County. I’ve been a varsity high school head coach in basketball – boys at Murray High and girls at Spencer County. I’ve coached golf, track and field, soccer, and volleyball.
“My experience in softball is as an assistant with my wife, Valerie Shelton Waller, at Spencer County. I’ve also been an assistant baseball coach at Calloway County for many years. I have two sons who played Division I baseball – Joe Waller, who played at Murray State University, and Sean Waller, who played at the University of Tennessee at Martin.” Stan Waller and his wife, Valerie, also have a 7-year-old daughter, Skylar.
Stan Waller said, “Here, at Graves County Middle School, I teach a federal grant program called ‘Project Lead the Way.’ It’s designed to encourage middle school students to go into the high school program and to consider engineering as a career possibility. This is my sixth year to teach it. I’ve been here at the middle school for nine years and I’ll continue to teach Project Lead the Way here at the middle school.
“I’m really happy to be selected and to have the high school administration’s support in this process to lead the Lady Eagles in softball. I haven’t been the varsity coach of any high school sport since 2004. So, it’s been ten years and it’s been my dream to get back into coaching at that level.”
Waller noted, “I think when you’ve been a head coach of any varsity high school sport, you have it in your blood. And, I still have that burning desire to be a head coach at that level. I’ve had a lot of experience with baseball and I’ve coached softball, too. There’s a lot of responsibility in coaching, but there’s also a lot of opportunities to share with young people ways to deal with life. That’s what participating in athletics does: they teach you about life.
“Stan will be a great asset to our Graves County athletic program,” said athletic director Doug Gloyd. “He has been around athletics for many years and he has had numerous athletes to pursue athletics at the next level. As an employee of the Graves County School District, Stan already has established relationships with most of the players. Not only is he knowledgeable about athletics, but he will be a familiar face. I am sure Stan will put together a staff that will make our girls better. We have a lot of talent coming back and we look forward to the future of Graves County High School softball.”
“In my long career of coaching, I’ve had the opportunity to coach 32 college-athletes,” Waller concluded. “That’s a big part of coaching. Being a parent with sons who were student-athletes, I’m familiar with the financial cost of college and how important a scholarship can be. It can save money for parents, while it also is an honor for the student to get to play sports in college. I’ve already invited a couple of college coaches to come see our team because we are senior-oriented with six seniors, four juniors and 24 of 25 kids returning. So, it’s my job to try to help them if they want to pursue athletics in college and to help them find a place to play.”

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