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Longtime assistant takes softball reins


March 14, 2017

Softball Coach Karyn Hartsook

Karyn Hartsook is the new head softball coach at Sweet Home High School, succeeding Shane Cochran.

Hartsook was junior varsity coach with Cochran for past three years.

Hartsook is a 1994 graduate of SHHS. She attended Oregon State University.

After graduation and school, she lived for about a year and half each in Virginia and Southern California.

She returned to Sweet Home where she worked at Les Schwab Tire Center for five years. She went into business as a Farmer’s Insurance agent in 2004.

She is married to Bradley Hartsook. They have four children, Bailee, 13; Ryker, 10, Kellen, 8; and Dylan, 6.

Hartsook lettered all four years of high school in softball and basketball. She also played high school volleyball.

She started coaching right out of high school, Hartsook said.

The Boys and Girls Club was handling junior high sports at the time, and she assisted Milt Moran coaching volleyball and basketball.

Prior to coaching high school softball, Hartsook spent two years coaching summer traveling teams. This summer will be her sixth year coaching summer travel softball.

“My dad’s coached all my life,” Hartsook said.

Coaches like him made a difference in her life, and making a similar difference in the lives of others is important to her.

“I’ve always wanted to give back what people gave to me,” Hartsook said.

“I enjoy the competition and what it brings out in a person. It helps bring out their integrity and character. It’s about building people too. That’s what coaching is to me.

“I am a fierce competitor. I can care less about prizes. I just like winning. I love softball. I love seeing the kids have that personal success.”

Hartsook is ecstatic about the team she inherits.

Cochran, who remains president of the Softball Association, has done an amazing job setting up the foundation for high school softball, Hartsook said.

With his resignation, it felt like time for her to apply for the position, she said. It’s a lot of work, but it’s enjoyable work.


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