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Mall resigns as MHS softball coach

By Grant Guggisberg

After 14 years in the program and 10 years as head coach, Scott Mall has resigned as head coach of the Manhattan High softball team.

Mall decided to step down in order to give another coach the chance to guide the team. He will remain as head coach of the girls’ basketball team.

“He’s done a fantastic job with the program and it was a personal choice on his part,” Manhattan High athletic director Mike Marsh said. “He thought it was time to step down and give somebody else the reins.”

Marsh said he plans to advertise the position and get a new coach installed soon, though softball is a spring sport so he can take his time.

“We’ll be looking — I’m going to take my time at this point,” Marsh said. “We’ll go through the process of advertising it for several days before I do any interviewing.”

Mall was promoted to the varsity head coach position in 2004 after serving four years as the junior varsity coach.

He replaced Lisa Kinderknecht, who stepped down as head coach after seven successful seasons to spend more time watching her children play high school sports. After spending six years away from coaching, Kinderknecht returned to the coaching ranks as the head volleyball coach at Manhattan High in 2010 and has guided the program to the state tournament in three out of four seasons.

Though he didn’t specify who might be interested, Marsh indicated the district already has several qualified candidates.

“Hopefully we’ll get a very good person in here to take over,” Marsh said.

The softball team went through a down year in the spring, finishing 6-15 on the season and losing its first game at regionals, 11-1. Mall fielded a young team with plenty of potential, but short on varsity experience.

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