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Brittany Taylor to coach softball at Central

Brittany Taylor and Jordan Stogner were teammates with the Central Davidson softball teams that set the tone for an amazing run in the program’s history.

Tuesday, the school announced Taylor will replace Stogner as head coach of the Spartans. Stogner coached for two years after the retirement of Gene Poindexter, who led the Spartans to three straight 2-A state championships and six straight appearances in the 2-A Final Four.

Taylor is thrilled with the opportunity she has been afforded, after coaching at Brown Middle and assisting at East Davidson since she graduated from Wingate. “I sat down with Gene before he retired (as Central athletic director, at the end of June) and Jordan,” Taylor explained. “She works at Lolly Wolly Doodle, and they got that big amount of money and she just couldn’t do it (continue to coach).

“So me and Gene talked about it, and sat down with Tabatha (Broadway, the Central principal), and we decided that was the best thing.”

Stogner was not employed by the school system; she worked for Lolly Wolly Doodle, which just received a $20 million investment from AOL for its production. That meant, the spare time Stogner had from her job which allowed her to coach at Central no longer existed. “Her job demands have increased,” new Central athletic director Kevin Hudson said. “That business is growing … she just has demands on her, that have exceeded what she could do to help our softball program.”

Ironically, the increased job demands that Poindexter faced as athletic director eventually led to him giving up softball, opening the door for Stogner. As a Central graduate who had served as an assistant prior to Poindexter’s retiring from softball, Stogner provided a smooth transition to the next chapter in the Spartans’ program. Now, Hudson hopes Taylor can provide an equally seamless transition.

“Having Jordan come back and coach, she had our full support throughout her career,” he said. “And for things to fall into place to have Brittany to come down, from an athletic director’s point of view, I couldn’t ask for anything any better.”

Stogner led the Spartans to a 20-4 record in 2012, her first season at the helm. They lost to West Stanly in the third round of the 2-A playoffs, breaking a six-year streak of advancing to the Final Four. This season, Central dipped to 13-12 and lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Taylor has enjoyed success in recent years; she coached at Brown Middle in the fall each year, then helped Amanda Akins at East Davidson High School in the spring.

She hopes the things she has picked up along the way will resonate at her alma mater. “We were champions down there at the middle school,” she said. “We’ve been above .700 for about the last three years, and we finally won it.

“Then being at East with Amanda, the JVs weren’t real good the year before. But we had the JVs this year, and we were champions again. So it’s been nice.”

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