Starkville Academy softball

Starkville Academy softball coach Thomas Berkery, right, talks with his players during picture day.

It’s been a struggle building up the Starkville Academy softball program over the years, but coach Thomas Berkery is out to stabilize things.

The Lady Volunteers have gone through some lean years where numbers  haven’t been there to sustain success. Part of the issue could be attributed to the fact that soccer has been a popular and much more successful sport at the school and players are forced to choose between the two during the fall.

There’s also been turnover in the coach staff and, while that hasn’t disrupted the success of the soccer team, it hasn’t allowed Starkville Academy to built a culture of expectations.

Berkery is setting out to change all of that.

For more on how Berkery hopes to go about it, see Thursday's Starkville Daily News.

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