Grand Island softball coach retiring

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Senior High is announcing varsity softball coach K.C. Hehnke has let the school know he plans to retire from coaching.

“Coach Hehnke have been a wonderful coach for Grand Island Senior High,” said activities director Cindy Wells. “Our softball program has consistently been competitive and always seems to play better at the end of the season than it does at the beginning.”

Hehnke has been the Islander head coach since 2008. He spent the 2007 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the reserve team.

“The opportunity to coach at Grand Island Senior High has been one of the most enjoyable and satisfying experiences that I have ever been a part of,” Hehnke said. “I will miss being a part of the school staff but will be an Islander for life.”

Under Coach Hehnke, the Islanders have qualified for the Class A State Softball Tournament six times.

Including the 2007 senior class, Hehnke has coached 20 Islanders who went on to play college softball.

“Coach Hehnke knows softball and he knows how to coach,” Wells said. “He’s been a great leader, mentor and asset for our student athletes. We are going to miss having him on our bench.”

Wells said the search for the next softball head coach will begin immediately.