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July 3, 2014

Mahan tabbed to lead Corbin softball program

CORBIN — Just a day after Chris Hart’s contract as head coach of the Corbin Lady Redhounds softball team officially ended, the school named the team’s new coach and it’s a familiar face.

Former Corbin High School baseball standout and assistant baseball coach, Jake Mahan, was tabbed as the man to lead the program starting next season. Mahan is currently a teacher in the Corbin School System and brings a wealth of athletic knowledge to the job.

Although high school athletics is currently in the midst of the KHSAA’s mandatory dead period, Mahan said he’s excited about the opportunity he’s being given and looks forward to getting things started in the fall.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to coach at Corbin,” Mahan said. “I always knew after college that I wanted to have a coaching career, but when I came here to teach I didn’t feel like God was calling me to coach immediately.

“This opportunity came about at the right time and I really feel like it’s going to be a good fit for me,” he added. “Any time I get the chance to influence our student-athletes outside of my classroom and outside of my community, I’m going to jump at that chance.”

Mahan is a 2005 graduate of Corbin High School. He was All-District, All-Region and All-State, playing the shortstop position for the Redhounds. Mahan was named to the East-West All Star team on two occasions and helped guide the team a 13th Region Championship and appearance in the state sectionals his senior year.

Mahan is Corbin’s all time leader in singles in a season with 46 in 2004, posting a .474 batting average in that season as well.

Upon graduation, Mahan had a successful career at Georgetown College, where he started three years at second base for the Tigers, earning All Mid-South Conference honors in two of the three seasons as a starter. Mahan is in the top on Georgetown’s lists of games played (54), games started (54), at bats (191), hits (63 in 2008), doubles (15 in 2008), total bases (91 in 2009) and sacrifices (14 in 2008).

While he admitted he has big shoes to fill in replacing Hart, Mahan said he’s looking forward to building on the groundwork that has been laid.

“Corbin’s softball program absolutely wouldn’t be where it is right now without the time and effort Chris Hart has put in to the program,” Mahan said. “I think we have one of the best facilities in the state and I look forward to continuing the tradition that has been built here.

“Hopefully I can keep the program moving forward and take it a step further as we get things going in the fall,” he added. “There’s not a whole lot we can do right now, but we’ll get things going and lay some ground work for next season.”

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