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Assistant coach key to success

Generally speaking, anytime there is a successful team in sports, it's because fine assistant coaches are working behind the scenes.

Example: Thomson High School.

The baseball program has two such men. They include Aaron Hall, the new head assistant baseball coach and Wes Harrell, in his second season as the head junior varsity baseball coach.

Coach Hall, who has taught in the McDuffie County School System for the past 11 seasons, has been involved with the varsity baseball program for the past several years. At the end of last season, he was promoted to assistant head varsity coach under newly named head coach Jason Osborn, another former assistant baseball coach.

Coach Hall, a Thomson High School graduate, will be assigned to coach infielders, while coach Osborn, a Westside High School graduate, will be working directly with pitchers and catchers.

"When you surround yourself with good people, those who are as passionate about the sport of baseball as I am, then it makes your job as head coach a lot easier," said coach Osborn. "Aaron helps me out a ton. He keeps me organized and going in the right direction."

In addition to his duties as a base coach during ball games, he's also one of the big reasons why the THS field looks as nice as it does.

"He spends a lot of time working on our field during the season and in the off-season," said coach Osborn. "He really does a great job for us in that area and in so many other areas."

Coach Hall, a physical education teacher at Thomson Middle School and Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School, also serves as athletics director/head football coach at the middle school.

Coach Harrell, meanwhile, who also is a physical education teacher at Thomson Middle School and Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School, "does a fine job with our younger players," added coach Osborn.

"We're hoping he has another successful season this year, because that's what keeps the program going -- younger kids going up to the next level," coach Osborn said of coach Harrell.

Web posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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