After spending the past three years as an assistant with the Lakers, Tyler Dinsdale was promoted to head coach after Rick Calbert stepped down and the new head man will seek to maintain the success of a program that is coming off back-to-back district titles.

A brand new softball season is just around the corner and it will be a different one for Camdenton coach Tyler Dinsdale.

After spending the past three years as an assistant with the Lakers, Dinsdale was promoted to head coach after Rick Calbert stepped down and the new head man will seek to maintain the success of a program that is coming off back-to-back district titles. Dinsdale recently took some time to discuss his new role: 

Q: Are there any specific reasons why you were compelled to choose Camdenton and do you have any past ties with the school?

A: I was an assistant coach at Camdenton under Rick Calbert for the past three years and this will be my fifth year teaching. I have coached these seniors since their freshman year and I feel that I have a really good relationship with them and the rest of the girls in the program. 

Q: Can you briefly summarize your background and what made you want to be a coach in the first place?

A: This is going to be my fourth year with the Laker softball team, first as head coach. I have coached softball, baseball and wrestling, all at Camdenton.  

I think if you ask any coach or teacher, this is about doing something you love and being able to give back. I really enjoy coaching softball because while it is very similar to baseball, it offers a whole new set of challenges. I enjoy the strategy of the game, thinking about possible match-ups, defensive placements, making batting orders and everything else that goes along with the game.   Q: Taking over a new program, do you have a philosophy or certain set of expectations for all your players? Essentially, what does it take to be a good coach and leader of a program?   A: As I mentioned earlier, I have coached these girls for the past three years and we know what they are capable of. Our philosophy this year was "Buy In!" We asked the girls to do more this summer in order for us to get further than we have the past couple years. We had weights and open field on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 6:30 a.m., and we had a really good response from our players. I think they realize that we are a really good team, but in order to be a really great team, they have to do some things that they might not really enjoy at the moment.     I think what will make us successful as a program is holding each other accountable and making sure that everyone on the team, coaches included, are thinking team first and doing the little things properly, throughout the season.   Q: Do you have any overall impressions of your new group so far and are there any definite strengths or weaknesses at this point in time?   A: Our staff is really excited about our team. We are returning six senior starters who will play a very important role in our success. When these seniors are done, they could very well have won over 100 games in their high school careers and be the most decorated group to graduate from Camdenton, breaking multiple state and school records during their career. We also are very lucky to have a really talented group of underclassmen on our varsity team this year. We feel very confident with being able to plug any of these girls into any situation throughout the year and have them produce. It is going to be a very exciting year.   Q: With a new season just around the corner, are there any specific goals or keys to success?   A: Our keys to success this year are going to be pretty simple. We're not asking the girls to do anything crazy, we're just asking them to do the simple things like having quality at-bats (which we stress heavily), keeping pitches low and trusting their ability. If we can do those things and keep a "buy in/team first" attitude, then we will win a lot of games.