She joined UC as its softball coach in 2006 and stayed there until 2011, when she stepped down with a 187-135 overall record in the college ranks.
Olenchick acknowledged that she and Garber had discussed her taking over the program at St. Albans once he steps down. Illness in Olenchick's family prohibited her from returning for a second year as an assistant, she said. It also led to her decision in 2012 to step down as the girls basketball coach at Nitro.
"That was our intention," she said of previously being groomed as an SA assistant. "It's hard to be an assistant when you've been the head coach for so long, and it was hard for me to say 'no' about coming back for another year. I didn't want to do that to Greg, and I didn't want to do it to the girls there, but there was so much going on with my family that I couldn't commit."
In 2013, South Charleston was led by Burdette's 19-8 pitching record and state-best 326 strikeouts in 2013, but the Black Eagles had an otherwise young lineup.
Rising sophomore Amanda McDonald - who was tabbed as the team's heir apparent pitcher after Burdette's graduation - was a member of the Daily Mail's inaugural Kanawha Valley All-Rookie team in 2013 as a utility player, as was infielder Madisyn Pauley, who is also entering her sophomore year.
McDonald hit .329 with three doubles and 12 RBI in her freshman season while Pauley hit .309 with six doubles and an .889 fielding percentage at shortstop.
Emily Bostic, another rising sophomore, started at first base and hit .330 with 14 RBI.
"I'm aware that the younger girls did well at the middle school level, but we've got some big shoes to fill with Alli graduating," Olenchick said. "Until we get there we don't know much, but I think there's a great opportunity there."
The Black Eagles finished 20-10, and fell to Ripley in the Class AAA Region 3 championship game.
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