Softball: Former Damascus Standout Hired To Coach At Blake

Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace

The James Hubert Blake High School softball team will take the field in 2013 with a new coach, as the school has announced the hiring of former Gaithersburg junior varsity skipper Nicole Wallace to lead the Bengals in the spring.

It will be the first varsity coaching position for the 30-year-old Wallace (formerly Nicole Wilson), who played high school softball under coach Barb King at Damascus from 1997 to 2000. Wallace earned all-county honors four times with the Hornets before playing collegiately for the University of Massachusetts.

She replaces the co-coaching tandem of Jessica Garlick and Dave Schipani, who led Blake to a 10-8 record in 2012. The Bengals were 13-5 in 2011, and in 2010 posted a 15-4 record in making it to the Class 3A state semifinals.

Returning standouts for Blake in 2013 should include senior Colleen Burkhardt and junior Angie McCray.

“In speaking with others who are familiar with the program it sounds like I am coming in at a great time,” Wallace said. “It seems as though a great group of girls will be returning this year coming off of a successful season last year. I hope to start from there with them and raise the bar so we can continue to get better.”

Wallace’s sister, former Seneca Valley assistant Ashley Wilson, will also be joining the Bengals coaching staff.

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