AMHERST — Lacey Reichert, a two-time first-team All-Ohio shortstop at Amherst and Lorain County Miss Softball in 2000, has been chosen to lead the Comets softball program.
Reichert said she learned Tuesday she will succeed Bill Matthews, the dean of the county’s softball coaches. Matthews was told late last month his coaching contract would not be renewed for next season, which would have been his 30th.
Not only did Reichert play four years for Matthews, she was also his varsity assistant for six seasons. She was junior high softball coach the past two years.
Reichert is a physical education teacher in the Amherst district.
She earned a softball scholarship to Youngstown State, where she still holds the record as the only player to start every varsity game — more than 260 — for four years.
“I’m just very excited,” Reichert said Tuesday night. “It’s a dream job. It’s special
to be able to coach in your hometown, and also teach and give back to your hometown. This really means a lot to me.”
She also starred in basketball at Amherst and was an assistant to girls coach John
Rositano the past several seasons.
She will join Rositano, who will become the boys coach at Lorain this year, as his scorekeeper.
“My coaching philosophy is if you work hard and play with passion, good things will happen,” Reichert said. “If you come out with a good, positive attitude, the good things will take care of themselves.”
She was on the 2003 Youngstown State team that set the school record for most wins in a season, 39.
That team missed the NCAA Division I field of 64 by a single game.
Reichert comes from a prominent Lorain County sports family.
Her dad, Dale Reichert, was a baseball and basketball star at Lorain High School, played baseball at Kent State and was drafted by the Dodgers. He played in the Dodgers’ minor league system for four seasons, before returning to Kent and earning an education degree. He later became head basketball coach at Lorain, a job he held for 26 years.
Her mom, Nancy Reichert, attended Lorain County Community College, where she played field hockey. Later, she played fastpitch softball in Lorain, graduated from Bowling Green and became a teacher and coach in Amherst. She coached the Comets’ girls basketball and softball teams for one season.