Millbrook High School Names New Softball Coach

Millbrook High School Names New Softball Coach
Posted on 06/05/2019
Richard PellFor Immediate Release
June 5, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Millbrook High School has named Richard Pell its new softball coach. Pell, who has 19 years of teaching experience and more than ten years of experience coaching a variety of sports, succeeds Ashley Plaugher. Plaugher resigned after leading Millbrook’s softball team to a 2-17 record during the past season.

Millbrook High School Coordinator of Student Activities Scott Mankins says, “We would like to thank Coach Plaugher for the work she put in throughout the season and certainly wish her the best in the future. At the same time, I’m excited to welcome Coach Pell to the Millbrook family and our coaching staff. In addition to having a wide range of experience and knowledge, he has a good understanding of what it will take to build and improve the competitiveness of our softball program.”

Pell played baseball at Shepherd College for four years. After playing two years of minor league baseball, he began his career as a physical education teacher in Loudoun County. In addition to serving as an assistant baseball coach at Shepherd College, Pell has coached four different high school sports at the varsity level including golf, boys’ basketball, baseball and softball. From 2003- 2004 he was the head coach of Loudoun County High School’s varsity softball team. Most recently, he served as the seventh grade boys’ basketball coach at James Wood Middle School.

Pell says, “My passion to work with kids and teach them how to overcome obstacles keeps me coaching year after year. My coaching philosophy is that every player can improve, every moment is teachable, and every game is winnable. I’m looking forward to serving as the softball coach at Millbrook and working with the players and school community to create an atmosphere surrounding the softball team that the student body and others will be eager to support.”