Idabel’s Brookelyn Coffee – Player Spotlight Presented by McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

There’s a new atmosphere surrounding the fast pitch program at Idabel High School this year thanks in part to a new coach and a new dedication by seniors like Brookelyn Coffee.

New coach Tiffany Lindley, who brings a background of softball success at Rattan, is working to change the mind set at Idabel.

“I think they’ve always had the talent to be successful at Idabel but I think what was lacking was learning how to win and overcome adversity,” said the new coach.

Brookelyn Coffee is one of those that have lived with mediocrity during her years at Idabel and she sees the differences already as the Lady Warriors have jumped out to a 6-2 record early in the season.

“We haven’t had a strong fast pitch program here in several years but I think we could be pretty good this year,” said Coffee who has moved to the top spot in the pitching rotation this year.

“The girls have a better attitude this year which coach Lindley has brought in. Last year when we got behind in a game, we tended to give up, I think. But this year there’s more pride and a desire to win.”

Coffee has had early success for the Lady Warriors as she threw a four-inning no-hitter against Wright City, striking out nine and just missing a perfect game with a walk.

“All my pitches were working well that day and I was kind of bummed out that I didn’t get the perfect game,” said Coffee who moved to Idabel from Valliant a year ago,

The new found attitude and determination shown through in an early game against Holdenville as her coach describes it.

“Brookelyn had a shaky start in that game and we had to pull her early. But we put her back in later in the game and she got seven strikeouts in four innings and got the win. We fell behind in that game but plowed ahead and came back to win 9-7 and that’s what I like to see.”

Brookelyn is a straight A student who also plays basketball and leads by example though sometimes she’s a little too encouraging according to her coach.

“She sets an example for the others and likes to encourage the other girls but sometimes she’s a bit too encouraging when I’d like to see her be a little tougher,” laughed Lindley.

Coffee plans to attend college and hopes to play softball at the next level.