By DAVE WOODALL
Tammany West sports
MANDEVILLE – Last Wednesday, Mandeville High School announced that Kim Nunez will replace Tim Hymel and take the helm as the new softball coach for the Lady Skippers.
Nunez, 29, is a math teacher in her first year at Mandeville High.
She was an assistant coach this season for the Lady the Skippers who finished tied for second in District 6-5A and reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
This will be her first head coaching job.
Nunez previously worked as an assistant for one year at St. Charles Catholic, where she was the head coach for girls’ basketball.
Four years earlier, she coached softball at Pearl River Community College where she worked with hitters, pitchers and fielders.
She was also an outfielder for two seasons while at PRCC.
She graduated from Southern Mississippi in 2010 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports coaching.
She also received a Master’s degree in Sports Management two years later.
Nunez said Mandeville is expected to return all of its starters from a team that went 25-7 this season.
“From what I understand, the playoff win we had this year was the first one these girls have ever had in high school,” Nunez said.
“We not only won a playoff game, but we hosted it.”
“Next year we want to host a second-round game and advance to the state softball tournament.”
Mandeville athletic director Guy LeCompte said Nunez will be a great fit for Mandeville.
“She’s young, and energetic and passionate about the game,” said LeCompte.
“She has good rapport with the players and we are extremely excited to have her as our head coach.”