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Unexpected exit leaves RHS in need of softball coach

Less than two months before practice begins, the Ridgefield High softball team finds itself in an unenviable position.

Without a head coach.

Pam Mazzarella, the Tigers’ head coach the past two seasons, announced that she was leaving earlier this week, leaving RHS Athletic Director Carl Charles in a hurry to find a replacement.

“It was something I wasn’t expecting.” said Charles. “I got a call out of the blue from Pam on Monday and she said she had taken a business job and the hours were 10 to 6. She may be able to help out as a volunteer assistant, but those hours won’t allow her to continue as head coach.”

Charles said he had posted the opening and was hoping to hear from qualified candidates.

“We’re on the hunt,” he said. “You never know who is out there and available.”

Time is of the essence: The Tigers’ first day of practice is March 18, and the first game is in early April.

“Obviously, we liked to get someone sooner rather than later,” said Charles.

Mazzarella’s teams had a combined 19-23 record in her two seasons as head coach. Ridgefield finished 9-12 in 2011 and 10-11 last spring, making the state tournament both seasons.

“Pam did a nice job,” said Charles. “I thought she was good for the program.”

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