Long time Seward Assistant Coach and former Lady Saints player Abby Bolton will lead the Seward Softball program going forward as announced by the school on Thursday.
Bolton recently completed her ninth season as an Assistant Coach for the Lady Saints, helping Seward to a 43-22 record and a runner-up finish at the NJCAA Region VI Tournament. Working primarily with the Lady Saints pitchers, Bolton has guided three Seward righthanders to Jayhawk MVP honors while most recently, Monique Ashley was named the Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year in the circle for the gals in green. In her nine seasons on the Seward staff, the Lady Saints have gone 351-181 including seven finishes in the top two of the Jayhawk Conference, six Region VI Championship game appearances, and two trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. A 2003 graduate of Seward County, Bolton remains in the Lady Saints record books in a number of categories as a player including hits, runs, and doubles. “First of all, I want to thank Andrea Gustafson for giving me an opportunity not only as a player 15 years ago, but also as a coach nine years ago. She has taught me so much about the game and coaching that I will forever be indebted to her. I am excited about this new opportunity and hope to continue to build on the winning tradition that we have created here over the past 15 years” Bolton said.
Seward County Interim Director of Athletics Roy Allen said of the hiring “We are very happy that we are going to be able to keep Abby on board here at Seward County. There aren’t many people that know the ‘Seward Way’ more than Abby, who has put 12 years of her life into our institution as a student, an athlete, a staff member, and a coach. I also want to thank Andrea for 15 years of dedication to our program and nearly 600 wins, and truly wish her the best in her future endeavors.”