New Softball Coaches Teach Stealing, Sliding, and Supporting

By Grace Wood, Copy Editor

In the far corner of the practice field, the metal bat clinks as the ball skyrockets across the field. The team shouts “UP” as their heads follow the ball. The sound of the ball landing in Vanessa Ho’s (12) mitt ripples across the field. Her teammates erupt into applause, shouting  words of encouragement.

English teacher and Falls Church alumna Ms. Megan McCabe started her first season as head coach of the softball team. She played softball all four years here under her coach-turned-administrator Colleen Lally.

“I’ve always wanted to come back and coach,” says Coach McCabe.

Coach McCabe has been coaching for five years at the high school level — two years at Chantilly and three years at Marshall. As a teenager, she played on the Vienna House League. In fact, that is where she met her Assistant Coach Jessica Darst.

“We played together when I was 13,” says Coach Darst. “I was always catcher, and she played centerfield.”

“Softball is a lifelong sport,” says Coach McCabe. “You can always start playing again.”

Coach McCabe uploaded an Instagram post about the assistant coach open position, and that’s how the pair reunited after 10 years. Their bond as teammates has been an asset to their coaching skills.

“They’re both so passionate,” says Captain Chloe Empleo (12). “It makes everyone more involved and excited about this season compared to previous years.”

“My goal for this season is to create a program that’s fun and encouraging,” says Coach McCabe. “Whether that’s winning or not.”