After falling in the second round of the playoffs last season to Pilot Point the Mineola High School softball program received a new coach, Chandler Touchstone.
Touchstone is a young coach coming out of Hooks School District where she graduated from high school in 2011 and after graduating from Arkansas Tech.
At Hooks ISD, Touchstone was the assistant softball coach and special education teacher.
Touchstone played softball at Arkansas Tech for two years before graduating with a degree in health and physical education.
“When I graduated all I had was a health and P.E. certification and as a first year teacher that is really hard to get a job with,” said Touchstone. “My hometown had a SPED (special education program) job open so I applied. When I applied I was working at a summer camp for special needs kids. It was kind of something that interested me but it was never anything I really thought I was going to do. That’s why I applied for the SPED job because I really like these kids and it always keeps you on your toes. You never know what to expect day to day.”
Touchstone’s first choice was not to be a coach but a business major.
“Growing up I always said I don’t want to coach I don’t want to be a teacher,” said Touchstone. “My first year of college I was a business major and it was terrible, I hated it. My coach my freshman year was awesome, I loved her. She made me work harder than I’ve ever had to work before and I grew a new love it [softball]. It’s a different kind of relationship [with the game] from high school to college. At that point I decided that I would like to do this forever.”
Touchstone will be teaching third through fifth grade P.E. as well serve as head coach of the softball team and an assistant basketball coach.
“I really want to get to know the girls and who they are as a person,” said Touchstone. “That’s the biggest thing about coaching is having a relationship with your kids. I want to teach kids the way I learned. I want to give them the love for the game that I have. I love seeing the passions and the drive and want-to because that kind of stuff makes a difference in showing how excited you are.”