Cleveland High School athletics director Eric Phillips announced Monday that Caitlin DeLoach has been tapped as the new head softball coach at Cleveland High School.
DeLoach is no stranger to Lady Raiders softball. DeLoach served as pitching coach for the Lady Raiders the last two seasons, and teaches in the English department.
“I want to thank Mrs. O’Bryan and Coach Phillips for giving me the opportunity to coach softball here at Cleveland High School,” said DeLoach. “I am so excited to take a sport I have played and loved all my life and share it with others, as well as to provide an experience that is both challenging and fun for our girls. I am excited to work side by side with Coach Kari Jo Harris, Cleveland Middle School softball coach, to make this a true grade 6-12 program. We will work hard to make Cleveland City Schools proud in the classroom and on the field.”
“We are thrilled that Caitlin has decided to take over our softball program. I have watched her in the classroom and know we are getting a quality teacher-coach for our program. She brings to the table a shared mission and vision for athletics, and we couldn’t be more excited,” stated Phillips.
A 2008 Hazel Green (Ala.) High School graduate, DeLoach was a three-time All-District selection, was named team Most Valuable Player and received the Military Athlete Award. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she was also named to the All-State Academic Team. DeLoach continued her softball career at Lee University, where she was part of a pitching staff on several nationally ranked teams and competed in several NAIA national tournaments. During her career at Lee, she was an NAIA Champion of Character award recipient, a Southern States Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete and was named an NAIA Academic All-American.
Caitlin is married to Brian DeLoach, also a teacher at CHS. They reside in Cleveland.