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Softball coach leaves Elgin for new beginnings

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    Head softball coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm high-fives Jayme Johns during lineup introductions during the Lady Cats’ regional final series against Barbers Hill at Weimar last year.
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    Eryn Carter high-fives head coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm after smacking a triple in the second game of the bi-district series against Magnolia in May 2017. Courier file photos

“And suddenly you know. It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”

– Meister Eckhart

After a nice lunch with Coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm, I wondered how I was going to start this story. The tale of an outstanding local athlete coming back after college to be a very successful coach in her home town and seeming to “have it made” for all practical purposes. But then… but then she decides to leave.

But as I found that quote, it all made sense. I understood what Coach Wolf-Schramm had been explaining to me. It was time. New beginnings.

Student Amanda Wolf, with parents Andy and Roxanne Wolf, attended high school from 1997 to 2001. Besides being a good student, Amanda was fast becoming an outstanding athlete, especially in softball, and in particular, as a pitcher. Having played Elgin Little League, she improved her skills by playing “Select or Club” softball since the age of 12. She started as a catcher because her grandfather and others in her family had caught in baseball, but that she knew that was not her love. Pitcher! She wanted to pitch and spent countless hours with coaches, especially Elgin coaches Phister and Fregia and Coach Donna Maga, honing that skill.

So much so, that colleges started paying attention to her softball and pitching skills early in her high school career. She also had the opportunity to meet Fresno State softball coach Marjorie Wright, and Amanda was so impressed that she knew from that point on that Wright was who she wanted to play college ball under.

After helping lead the Lady Cats softball team deep into the playoffs while in high school, Amanda accepted an athletic scholarship to become a student athlete and play for Fresno State in California. She considers her career there a success, and certainly a great learning experience as she dealt with being away from home and injuries and great competition—all at once, it felt like sometimes. She credits Fresno State Coach Wright in supporting her and giving her direction for future success.

And what success followed. After a short stint as softball coach in Bastrop, Amanda was offered the job as a teacher and head coach of the Lady Cats in Elgin. Twelve years of having a positive impact on so many students. Twelve years of helping countless young ladies learn the sport of softball, but even more importantly helping them learn about the handling life. How to cope. How to keep faith.

Twelve years. But others had noticed her success in Elgin. Including the Daigles, the husband and wife coaching team from softball powerhouse Smithson Valley, near New Braunfels. They had kept in contact with Amanda throughout the years and now that they were retiring, they encouraged her to apply for their job. After searching her heart and talking with her family, Amanda sent her resume to Smithson Valley—a 6A school—and interviewed for the position. A bigger school than Elgin, she was really impressed with their resources but even more with the commitment of the program. It reminded her of Elgin’s commitment to their program. She was offered and accepted the position. New beginnings.

Twelve years. Amanda married husband Adam Schramm in that time. She had two sons, Theo and Andrew. Lucky enough to have so much help from her family. Her sister lives in New Braunfels area. She is having a child soon. Amanda saw an opportunity to have all the grandchildren and children near each other. A big plus. New beginnings.

Coach Wolf-Schramm told me the hardest part of leaving was telling her players. They felt like family as well, and it was a sad good-bye. She is thrilled to have fellow coach Shanika Randle follow her to Smithson Valley, as she thinks their skills really complement each other.

She feels the Lady Cats have built such a tradition that the team will be fine and do well in the future. Many people in the past have fought hard to ensure the program does so.

Congratulations to newly hired Lady Cat coach Adam Adams! A long time coach in the Elgin system, he will strive to continue the softball pride and success. New beginnings.

Congratulations and thanks to Coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm. Continued success in school and life. To new beginnings!