WARRENTON - Hannah Batrous believes in her team.
And that belief could take the Briarwood Lady Bucs a long way in the region playoffs, which are just around the corner.
"I really believe this team can go as far as they want to go, because they've been steadily improving in the last few games," said Coach Batrous. "I want to see them go as far as they can."
Coach Batrous, who had been serving as the team's assistant coach, recently assumed head coach responsibilities in the wake of Christian Tiller's unexpected resignation from the position as head coach. The 22-year-old head coach, who is in her first year teaching and coaching at Briarwood Academy is no stranger to the school.
She was a star athlete in several sports, including softball, basketball and track and field.
"It's like a family here at Briarwood Academy," said Coach Batrous. "Everybody knows everybody."
Her brother, Joseph Batrous, who graduated last year and now is attending the University of Georgia, also was an outstanding multi-sport student/athlete.
Coach Batrous graduated from Briarwood Academy in 2003 and earlier this year from the University of Georgia. Aside from coaching softball, she also is teaching math to high school students.
"I've always wanted to be a math teacher," said Coach Batrous, who recently became engaged to be married. "Teaching and coaching here is like a dream come true for me."
As for the crucial games that await her softball team, Coach Batrous said she believes her team will do fine provided they play to their capabilities.
The region playoffs began Tuesday.
She's counting on the play and leadership of the team's three seniors in this week's region playoffs.