DEER ISLE—After three years of assistant coaching, 26-year-old Darian Gove finds herself at the head of the Deer Isle-Stonington High School softball program.
Gove was the assistant coach under Terry Siebert during the last three seasons. During that time, Gove said she learned a multitude of things that prepared her for taking over the program.
“I don’t think [Siebert] was ready to hand over the program to anybody he didn’t really trust with it,” she said. “But we coached together for three seasons and I think he saw something in me that made him decide to let me take it over.”
The Mariners went 1-14 during last season, but this year Gove said she feels confident that her team will increase its win percentage.
“I think we’re capable of putting up a lot of runs, I feel really confident in our hitting. Our pitching is struggling, but hopefully we can work that out,” she said.
A transplant from Pittsburgh, Pa., Gove has been around the sport of softball her entire life. A four-year utility infield player in high school, as well as a pitcher, Gove was a varsity player and went on to play two years at the college level before heart complications sidelined her and ended her playing career.
“I’ve always been interested in coaching, and I just knew that I couldn’t be away from something that had been such a big part of my life,” said Gove. “When I moved here after college I knew I had to get involved in it again.”
Gove said the transition from assistant coach to the head of the program has felt relatively seamless, and that her familiarity with the girls on the team has made it easier.
“I have a great group of girls, they know what I expect from them and for the most part we understand what we need to do to work hard and win games,” she said.
The biggest transition, she said, has been familiarizing herself with all the latest rules to the high school game.
“[Siebert] was like a walking play book,” she said. “He knew every single rule. I’ve been trying to memorize as many of them as I can so that I can question calls and plays and those things that a head coach needs to know and do. Things have changed a lot since I played, so I need to know those things.”