Keyes new Wa-Hi softball head coach

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WALLA WALLA — Kate Keyes, a 2005 Wa-Hi graduate and assistant softball coach with the Blue Devils the past two seasons, has been named the new head softball coach at her alma mater.

Keyes replaces Jerry Humphreys, who resigned after 12 years with the Blue Devils last summer.

The Blue Devils won the State 4A Softball Championship in 2011, and played for in the title game last spring, losing to Woodinville.

Keyes was a 12-season athlete at Wa-Hi, competing in four seasons of volleyball, basketball and softball.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to build upon the rich traditions of hard work and dedication which have contributed to the success of the softball program in Walla Walla,” Keyes said in a press release. “It is a joy to work with such driven, motivated and goal-oriented young athletes as they strive to develop as players, students and outstanding individuals.”

Keyes earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University and is a bilingual Para-Educator for Walla Walla Public Schools. She also serves as an assistant coach for the Wa-hi volleyball program.

“I am excited to have someone with Kate’s experience and background,” said district athletic director Don Wilkins. “She is very familiar with our program and our athletes and understands what it takes to have a successful program. She will be an excellent role model and will provide the leadership for the program as we move forward.”

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