Weaver, the school’s longtime softball coach, posted two winning seasons in her five years, but she had yet to steer the team into the state playoffs before stepping down following the 2011 campaign.
Amber Palmer took over for the 2012 season, but now it’s Kathy Ezzell’s turn to keep the program going. Although North Cobb last enjoyed a winning season in 2009, Ezzell will inherit a program that’s on the rise, with many young players from last year’s team returning.
“I’m thrilled at being named head coach,” said Ezzell, who assisted Palmer a year ago when North Cobb finished with a 7-8-1 record. “I have loved this program from the minute I started and really want to see it grow and become what these girls deserve.”
North Cobb instantly became competitive when it first started, hovering around the .500 mark every season, but it has had a hard time progressing with the area they currently play in.
Over the past few seasons, the Lady Warriors played in areas that included perennial east Cobb powers Lassiter and Walton, as well as the burgeoning programs of Etowah and Woodstock. Although North Cobb went 7-8-1 last year, it failed to win a game in area play.
But with most of their players projected to return — including defenders Natalie Miller and Zashe Demmings, midfielders Madison Carlberg and Taylor Johnson and Katherine Donahue at attack — the Lady Warriors have no reason not to win a few more games this year.
“We have a lot of talent returning and many of these girls have stayed active in the offseason and have worked to further their skills,” Ezzell said. “I look forward to bringing up some of the JV girls from last year and feel that they will be excellent additions to the team.”
Although Ezzell never served on Weaver’s staff, she did say Weaver was helpful in passing the torch. Ezzell said Weaver was particularly helpful in the particulars of hosting games, and for certain penalties to watch out for.
An English teacher at North Cobb, last season was Ezzell’s first season on the lacrosse coaching staff at North Cobb. She ran the JV program and coached North Cobb during summer league last year.
Last fall, to improve her knowledge of the sport, she was assistant coach of her son’s 9-and-under team in the feeder program of Hillgrove.