The excitement to turn the calendar page over from May to June in Iowa is as high as could be with Monday, June first, the first-day high school baseball and softball teams can begin practicing, nearly here.
One of the people most excited about that is first-year Keokuk head softball coach Zach Short.
After spending the past two seasons in Edina with the Knox County Eagles that included a trip to the state tournament in 2018 now, Short inherits a Keokuk squad that went just 3-31 last season.
While there's work to be done, Short is just happy to have an opportunity to begin building up the program in his first season with the Chiefs and while the changes can't happen overnight, Short plans on putting in the time.
Short said, "I plan on being there a very long time so I want to start building foundations for success.
And that's not to say I'm not trying to win every game, that's what we're going to be doing, but I think the important thing is to get the girls excited, get the girls out playing, competing and then start to build on these things together."
Despite the anxiousness to hit the field again, Short knows priority number one is keeping the players safe by getting everyone into the habit of wiping down equipment after drills and during games, taking more busses for transportation, and of course, those rules and many more will extend out to the dugout as well.
Short added, "We're going to have what's basically extended dugout, they say where there's an area that would be like outside the dugout extended towards the foul pole and that's for us, it's for other teams where kids who are part of the team they can kind of branch out there.
So you're not going to see everybody right in that tight confines of the dugout."