NEW CASTLE —
In the spring of her senior year, DeMedal had a decision to make — play softball or take a part-time job with Rockwell International.
She ultimately chose Rockwell with Westminster softball coach Wayne “Doc” Christy’s blessing.
“They offered me a job after my internship,” DeMedal said. “Doc told me to follow my heart. He fully supported me in making that decision. I decided to give up my senior year in softball. I eventually got a job there after I graduated and that’s where I met my husband, so I guess it happened for a reason.”
With her work hours being in the evening after completing her studies, DeMedal knew there would be no time for softball.
“It was a tough, tough decision to give up my senior year in softball,” she said. “You can’t serve two masters and that’s something I’ve stressed to my kids. I knew it wouldn’t be fair to my teammates to miss practices and just show up for games.”
In 2000, DeMedal decided to apply for the vacant girls basketball coaching post at Wilmington and was put through the ringer by then-principal Andy Tommelleo before he gave her the job.
“I had never coached before, but Andy put me through the most rigorous interview,” she said. “He made me come up with practice schedules and game situations. It was probably the best thing that happened to me.”
The Lady Greyhounds struggled for the most part over the next seven years with DeMedal at the helm, but qualified for the District 10 playoffs at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season with a 17-8 record.
When DeMedal resigned to spend more time with her family after the 2007 season, she had compiled a 56-114 record over seven seasons.
“The program had gone completely to pot and we won one game that first year,” DeMedal said. “I can truly say that we got better every year. I feel I helped the program move in the right direction. We didn’t win and that killed me. I quit, because I cared more about the game than my players did. It ate me alive. My kids were getting older and I didn’t want to miss their games. It would have been a conflict for me.”
TOMORROW: Mark Manifrang.