Weekly family behind new softball program

Weekly family behind new softball program

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By JILLIAN MAHEN
6 Sports Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE)- After spending the better half of a decade as a volunteer coach with the Lady Vols softball team, Marc Weekly- son of Lady Vols' Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly, decided to take a swing at something new. 

In February, he gave up his position on the Lady Vols staff to take over as the head softball coach at The Kings' Academy.

"Was it a tough decision to leave the Lady Vols? Yeah, it's very hard because of the family time with my dad, with [Co-Head Coach] Karen [Weekly], with those girls," said Marc. "But, the fact is that Ralph and Karen Weekly don't need Marc Weekly and I wanted to get out on my own and start something and help develop these kids."

"Starting something" is exactly what Marc is doing now. In addition to his Athletic Director responsibilities at TKA, Marc is, quite literally, building the softball program from ground up.

"One thing I want at the King's Academy is, I want this to be a softball prep school for athletes where they can not only get the spiritual growth and academic growth but also, with our context, have the chance to go to the next level," said Marc.

TKA is in the process of building a softball field. Although the field probably will not be ready before the end of the team's inaugural season, it should be finished well before the start of next season.

"[The softball] field will be named after my late grandmother, Jane Hood Weekly Field," said Marc. "My family has been instrumental in funding this project along with several other great donors. So, it's really exciting."

The team has a mix of veteran softball players and beginners. But, all are excited about the new field and new program.

"I am so excited," said Taylor Weekly, TKA third baseman and Marc's niece. "It's saying 'hey, softball at King's Academy is established and we're here to kick butt.'"

"I am so excited," said TKA pitcher Haven Taylor. "It seems like [the field] is taking so long but then you come out here and look at [the field] and it's- wow. It's come really far and building it is like a part of building the team and it's really cool that we all get to be a part it."

 

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