CHARLESTON, W.Va. - There was a time when some saw Annette Olenchick as a possible successor to Greg Garber as the softball coach at St. Albans High School.
She will now battle her former boss for position in a free-for-all Kanawha Valley prominence.
Less than 14 months after the end of her one-year stint as an SA assistant, Olenchick has indeed found a new gig on the high school level. South Charleston Principal Mike Arbogast said Monday that the former University of Charleston, Sissonville and DuPont High School coach is the new coach of the Black Eagles.
"I'm extremely excited to have her on board here," Arbogast said in a phone interview Monday evening. "She's an exciting person to be around, and I think she's an outstanding coach."
Former Sissonville and UC standout Andrea Lewis - the 2002 Kanawha County Player of the Year - will join Olenchick on the SC coaching staff for 2014, Arbogast said.
"It's going to be great to have everybody back together. I talked to Andrea about it, and we both think it's a great opportunity," Olenchick said Monday night. "Really it's a dream come true to be able to do this."
Bobby Catlett coached South Charleston in 2012 and 2013, helping the team reach the Mountain State Athletic Conference playoffs in May behind the strong right arm of two-time All-State pitcher and Elon University recruit Alli Burdette.
Since Catlett is not a teacher, the position had to be posted each year by the Kanawha County Board of Education. Olenchick had remained as a teacher at Sissonville High School after she stepped down as the Indians' girls basketball coach in 2009.
"Bobby's done a great job for us the last couple of years," Arbogast said. "He's taken the program to the next level, and that's what we wanted him to do."
Catlett's daughter, McKenzie Catlett, is a rising senior who was the Black Eagles' starting catcher in each of the past two seasons. She hit .204 in 2013.
Olenchick's softball coaching resume is one of the state's best. She began the softball program at DuPont in 1988, then after arriving in Sissonville led the Indians to Class AA state championships in 1995, '96, '97, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The West Virginia Sports Writers Association voted her the high school Coach of the Year in 2003.