Two successful sports programs at Henry County High School will have new coaches for the 2018-19 season.
Henry County School System athletic director Mike Poteete said Lady Patriot softball coach Jamie Osbron and volleyball coach Melissa Chambers have turned in their resignations. Also resigning is the softball team’s assistant coach, Renae Lassiter.
Poteete has announced that a pair of former Lady Patriot standouts will be taking over those programs. In softball, recent University of Tennessee graduate Scarlet McSwain will be the new head coach. McSwain will also replace Renae Lassiter as the assistant coach for the Henry County Lady Patriots middle school softball team. Paul Putman is the middle school head coach.
McSwain was an All-State player and a West Tennessee Miss Softball selection as a senior player at HCHS. She still holds the Lady Patriots’ record for best single season batting average as she hit .571 in 2013.
She just completed a four-year career of playing third base, in the outfield and occasionally at catcher for the Tennessee Lady Vols. McSwain hit .268 this spring with eight home runs and 37 runs batted in for a Lady Vols squad that went 48-14.
In volleyball, Savannah Benson will be taking over for her former coach, Chambers. Lakewood teacher Mendi Lassiter will be Benson’s assistant coach.
Neither Benson or McSwain answered telephone calls Tuesday afternoon.
Poteete praised the work of both Chambers and Osbron.
“They both did an extremely good job of coaching their teams,” said Poteete.
Chambers led the Lady Patriots volleyball team to winning records in three of her five season as head coach.
Osbron has set the bar high in his four-year run as the HCHS softball coach. His record is 130-28 with trips to the Class AAA state tournament in 2017 and this spring. The Lady Patriots posted their first 30-win seasons in 2015 and 2017 while going 42-4 in 2016.
He guided the team while his daughter, Gracie, was playing shortstop and setting new marks in most career hitting statistics at HCHS. Gracie Osbron will be joining the Lady Vols softball program this fall.