Following the 2019 softball season, Enterprise’s three-year head coach Mollie Mitchell resigned from her position and assistant Kate (Benton) Stump was named interim head coach.
Stump will handle all offseason coaching responsibilities – including offseason workouts and an upcoming kids camp in June – but is also expected to take on the head coach position permanently.
According to EHS Athletic Director Trent Trawick, Stump will be recommended as permanent head coach later this month at the June 25 ECS School Board meeting.
“One thing that I really want to instill in our girls is a sense of work ethic that will not only benefit them in high school softball but also in life for when they graduate,” Stump said. “I want to lay the basics of how to work hard and create and instill that sense of work ethic.”
Stump has been an assistant at EHS since the summer of 2016 and before that she was a star on the Troy softball team from 2015-2016.
As a junior at Troy, Stump boasted a .314 batting average and had 55 hits with 43 runs and 12 RBIs. As a senior in 2016, she had a .411 batting average and belted 76 hits with 52 runs and 10 RBIs. Benton stole 41 bases as a senior, which is a Troy single season record. She also had a career-high 120 putouts and 90 assists with a .963 fielding percentage on defense as a senior. She was second team All Sun Belt in 2016.
Before coming to Troy, Stump played two years at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa where she was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) first-team All American, making her the first softball player in Shelton State history to earn first team honors.
She was also a third team All American as a freshman in 2013 and earned the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) MVP in 2014, and earned All-ACCC first-team honors in 2013 and 2014. Stump led the entire NJCAA in hits in 2014 with 109.
Stump hopes that her success at the next level can help her show her players what softball can do for them.
“I think the coolest opportunity that I’m going to have is to give them the insight of what softball can do for them,” she said. “I was very fortunate to be able to play college softball that paid for my school and taught me lessons that I never even knew that I needed. That’s what I hope to bring to the table, that not only softball is fun and it’s what they enjoy but also all of the advantages it can bring to you in your life.”
Stump is a Dothan native and was an all-state softball player at Northview High School where she holds the record for highest batting average, runs scored and stolen bases.
She came to Enterprise fresh off graduation from Troy and has been an assistant at EHS ever since.
Stump wants her team to be built on hard work.
“I think the basics of our program is that we are going to work hard and be gritty and that hard work will always get you further than you would ever think,” she emphasized.
The Lady Cats will get back to work with summer workouts beginning in early June and Stump said they are ready to make changes.
“Our mentality has to change,” she flatly said. “We have to work on being stronger individuals both mentally and physically. Our mindset has to be that we can win each and every time we go out there and we have the talent to do that.
“We start June 4 with our summer workouts and I’m ready to hit the ground running and I know that our girls are ready to start working hard immediately.”