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Pine Tree hires softball, girls' soccer coaches

George Whitley

By George Whitley
Aug. 16, 2017 at 11:22 p.m.


A myriad of off-season coaching changes has finally come to an end for Pine Tree athletic director Jody Berryhill, who made appointments for Paul Ellsworth (softball) and Chris Yoder (girls soccer).

With the 2017-18 school year ready to start next week, the busy Berryhill was glad to close the book on hiring.

"I'm excited about these two hires. They both bring what we want to Pine Tree. We know they want to be here and they have Pirate pride," said Berryhill, who earlier in the spring added a new boys basketball coach in Jermaine Lewis and a baseball coach in Trevor Peterson.

"I really believe these guys want to see Pine Tree succeed and that's what I want. I don't think I could've come up with two better people."

Ellsworth has 12 years coaching experience with the last five at Pine Tree and its softball program.

"Paul has a deep interest in softball and has for years. He's been with these girls through the hard times and some success," offered Berryhill. "Building relationships and keeping things stable is what we want to do. He's a guy that's committed to the things we're doing and that means a lot to me."

Prior to his coming to Pine Tree in 2012, Ellsworth spent seven years at Marshall.

Yoder's name should ring quite familiar in Pine Tree. He was a standout soccer player for the Pirates in the early 1990s. He also has a son playing on the current Pirate soccer team.

The 1991 Pine Tree graduate spent a decade as head coach of the Longview Lady Lobo soccer program from 2003 to 2012.

Yoder had much success with the Lady Lobos, leading them to four district titles and 135 victories.

Both his 2009 and 2010 teams won a school record 22 games. They both were regional finalists and the '09 squad scored 113 goals and registered 15 shutouts.

"There's no doubt people will tell you Chris is a good soccer coach," Berryhill said. "He's been in private business a few years and wanted to get back in the school system. He was just the perfect fit."

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