Darren Doyle, story:
Longtime Edmonson County softball coach James "Woody" Woodcock was honored last night at the HWY 70 ballpark before Tuesday's league games as he was recognized on field during the ceremony as his wife, son, and daughter-in-law stood with him.
Coach Woodcock began his career playing baseball at Valley High in Louisville. After high school, he played for various leagues and organizations until he came to Edmonson County High School as a teacher in 1981. He started his impressive high school softball coaching career at ECHS in 1985 when he became the first head coach of Lady Cat Softball and remained there until 2002.
Under Woody's leadership, the Lady Cats enjoyed a record of 249-136 (.546), four district championships--including 1993's team that also went on to be regional champions and on to the KHSAA State Tournament. The Lady Cats were also 1996 sectional winners, allowing them another trip to the State Tournament.
Woody also led the initiative to construct the current Lady Cat Softball complex during 1999-2000, completing much of the work himself. Until that time, Lady Cat Softball competed on the county fields at HWY 70 ballpark.
The ceremony was organized by the Edmonson County Little League Baseball/Softball Board.