Head Coach Monica Salmon, also known as Coach Mo, generously offered a preview of sorts about this year's Lady Bucks softball team.
Salmon was born and raised in Alpine, and graduated from Alpine High School in 2004. She played basketball and softball, and, most notably, would go on to play softball for Sul Ross State University.
Said Salmon, "I do take great pride in being an Alpine Buck and Sul Ross Lobo."
While Salmon has coached volleyball, basketball, and softball for three years, this season is different as it is her first year as the head softball coach.
"This is the beginning of a new softball program, along with a new coaching staff,” she said. “Marc Miranda, also a proud Alpine native, and Octavio Frausto, a Marathon native, will be assisting me this year. I have great faith in the knowledge, skills, and experience that they both bring to the field."
Salmon's goal this season is to embrace different coaching techniques that may apply to the unique learning styles of each player to grow the skills needed to be well-rounded athletes.
Over the past two seasons, Alpine had only just enough athletes for one varsity team. This season their numbers are higher, and that will be great for the program and Salmon's goals as a coach.
"One targeted area we have been working on all year with all our student-athletes is establishing discipline not only on a court or field, but in the classroom and life in general. Without this discipline we cannot achieve our main goal," Salmon said.
This season will be special and long awaited since last season was cut short by the coronavirus outbreak. This season brings solid returners who are even hungrier for a championship, along with skilled and competitive freshmen who have been waiting for their time to play.
Salmon also gave a special thanks to the maintenance and administration staff behind the scenes that make the games possible. Without Sul Ross and the assistance of head softball coach Troy Canaba, their practices and games would not be possible.
"I am excited for this new journey and am truly blessed to contribute to the successes of student-athletes in my hometown,” said Salmon. “Once a Buck, always a Buck."