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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Coach 'V' resigns

  • After nine years in her most recent stint at Crowder College, Lady ‘Riders head softball coach Lori Videmschek has decided to step away from the program.
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  • After nine years in her most recent stint at Crowder College, Lady ‘Riders head softball coach Lori Videmschek has decided to step away from the program.
    Videmschek, who says she came to the decision to step away in late November for personal reasons, has had her resignation officially accepted by the Crowder College Board of Trustees per a release.
    During her time at Crowder, Videmschek helped build a strong program first as a player from 1985-86 where she helped guide then-coach Annie Westfall’s 1986 team to a national championship. She later returned as a coach when the program was re-implemented in 2004 as an assistant under then-coach Brandi Arthur.
    When Arthur stepped away in 2008, Videmschek was elevated to head coach and the program didn’t miss a beat. After going 51-10 in ’08, the Lady Riders would go on to win 36, 44, 39 and 44 games before finishing last season 38-18 overall.
    Videmschek warned she’s not done coaching, but will spend her time away from the diamond focused on her family. Her youngest of two sons, Dusty, is a sophomore basketball and baseball player at Purdy High School, and the time away will give her a chance to watch him play.
    “I didn’t want to miss out on stuff,” Videmschek said. “It’s at the point where I had to make a decision and I decided I needed to spend a little more time at home and give the family a little more attention. I know last year I missed out on a lot of stuff.
    “I’ve been there for nine years at Crowder, and the recruiting process is a process where you have to spend a lot of time focused on the job. Not only do you have to go out and watch ballgames, but you get emails and videos of kids, and if you want to develop a good program you have to spend a lot of time selling the program to these kids. You’ve got to be able to recruit 40 or 50 kids to get 10 of them.
    “When the kids were younger it was OK, but now that they’re older it’s just really hard.”
    While the decision was a personal one made easier by the fact she’ll be with her family more often, Videmschek said it wasn’t easy telling her team.
    “I told the girls when I was leaving that they need to remember that I’m a mom first,” she said. “Eventually I’ll get back in it, but I’m just spending more time at home right now.
    “Hopefully whoever steps in will be able to keep that program going strong.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Lady ‘Riders will now turn their attention toward finding a replacement. Crowder College Athletic Director Millie Gilion refused comment at this time.

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