“With this being my sixth year coaching softball at Susan Moore, this class was my first to have coached all six years from seventh to 12th grade. Both girls were fantastic leaders on and off the field. They always led by example and the younger girls looked up to them.
“Abby Floyd (8): I’ve been blessed to coach her for six years. She’s spent the past five on varsity as a starter. She played every position, but pitcher (and I promised to let her do that on senior night). I know you would have struck everyone out. Thanks for the memories and good luck to you.
“Jada Kent (24): I’ve been blessed to coach her for five years. She’s spent the past four years on varsity as our centerfielder chasing balls down with her speed. I promised to let her catch Abby on senior night behind the plate and she definitely would have done great. Thanks for the memories and good luck to you.”
“Thank you parents for trusting your daughters with me and the rest of the coaching staff. Y’all have done a great job in raising these two young ladies.
“We were all so sad and disappointed when the season ended the way it did. I feel like we had a really good team, but we never got the opportunity to show people because we were only able to play three games.
“But, I told the girls that God is in control. We may never understand why this had to happen, but we know behind everything there is a reason. Just the little time we were able to spend together was amazing and fun.”
– Jeremy Holloway
“This team means the world to me. Susan Moore is a great place! It’s been a blessing to work with some great coaches, and the community has been very supportive of all our athletic programs. A lot of great things are happening here. These kids are some of the best that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. They are committed and they find ways every day to be successful. These kids come from great families who have been supportive of our program, and when you get that support it goes a long way.
“This is a group of young athletes who believe in each other, who are passionate, who love each other, who sacrifice themselves for a purpose, and find ways to overcome adversity in everyday life. When you get that kind of mindset in a team, big things will happen, and I believe that has been a huge part of our success.
“It’s tough for any coach to just up and end a season that you’ve poured all your time and energy into. I’ve been planning and thinking about next season. Just because we’re not in school doesn’t mean we stop trying to find ways to get better every day.
“For me, what hurts the most is how much work these girls put into our program to see it come to an end. This is a very special, talented group of girls. We have no juniors or seniors. And, they ended their season ranked No. 10 in the state. This group has two more years together. I think in some ways that has helped us manage dealing with this COVID-19, knowing that there are better days ahead for us as a team. I just want all my players along with their families to stay safe and healthy as we try to get back to some type of normalcy.
“I am just super proud of them for all their hard work this season and I’ve told them thank you for all they’ve done to make our program successful. I’ve kept in contact with them to check on them, let them know that we will get through all this, and remind them to stay active and exercise. These kids know how much I love and care for them. They all know if they need anything during this difficult time, I’ll be here for them.
“Last season, was a rebuilding year for our program to try and put the pieces together to build a girls soccer program at Susan Moore and we knew this season was going to be special in some form or fashion. A lot of teams have several team goals, but this group only has one goal in mind and that is to make it to Huntsville and compete for the AHSAA state title and bring it back to Susan Moore.
“We just want to go out and prove that we have all the tools to be successful and be one of the top girls soccer programs in Class 1A-3A. I think this team opened some eyes this season and I think we gained some respect from our competition. I think we were on the verge of doing something special, but it ended so soon. We have several players who I think have the potential to play at the next level and that’s exciting for any coach. This group has worked extremely hard in the weight room during the off season and did all the right things to be successful. Considering that we ended the season ranked No. 10 in the state, the future is extremely bright for Susan Moore girls soccer.”
– Nick Butts