Panthers announce hiring of three coaches

INDEPENDENCE – Central High School’s athletic department announced the hiring of three new coaches for spring sports.

Joel Everett will coach the golf team; Patty Nevue will coach the girls tennis squad; and Tom Roberts will coach the baseball team.

“Tom is highly organized and has a great passion for the game of baseball and managing student-athletes,” athletic director Shane Hedrick said. “Joel too brings a great passion to the sport of golf. Patty is well-connected to the Independence-Monmouth communities as a volunteer to many organizations. She will be a great asset to the tennis program.”

Everett served as an assistant coach for the golf squad last spring and has been a football coach at Central for the past seven seasons.

“After being an assistant coach in the program, I decided I was ready to apply for the head job and continue the growth that the program has been having,” Everett said. “We had a great season last year for both boys and girls. Our goal is to send our teams to the regional tournament in May.”

Nevue has coached women’s tennis at Oregon State University and given tennis lessons in Oregon, Alaska, Mexico and Maryland.

She was also a two-time Oregon high school doubles champion and played tennis at OSU. She has also served as an assistant at Central for three years.

“I have learned so much from being a tennis player and coach,” Nevue said. “The experiences played a big part of my life both personally and professionally. I look forward to bringing these experiences in coaching and teaching to the tennis program.”

Roberts has baseball and softball coaching experience at McMinnville and Riddle high schools. He took a break from coaching during his first few years teaching at Central before deciding now was the time to jump back in.

“I’ve always kept a close watch on the baseball program and when this position came open, the timing seemed right to get back into something I am so passionate about,” Roberts said. “… I have built a great relationship with some of the core players on the team, so I feel that going into the season I have a leg up as a new coach. It is my plan to bring stability to a program that has high expectations.”


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