After a 26-year coaching career at Alexander Central and Central Cabarrus high schools, Monte Sherrill announced he’s resigning this week to become head softball coach at Pfeiffer University.
Sherrill, currently at Alexander Central, coached in Taylorsville for 22 years. He also coached four seasons at Central Cabarrus in Concord. His teams won 10 4A state titles, including eight at Alexander Central. His 2014 Alexander Central team finished 35-0 and was declared National Fast Pitch Coaches Association national champion. Sherrill was 2005 and 2014 NFC national coach of the year, an award he also won from MaxPreps in 2014.
In 26 seasons, Sherrill’s teams were 753-60, with 26 conference championships and 22 conference tournament championships. Also, Alexander Central had a state-record, 95-game win streak snapped in the 2015 N.C. 4A quarterfinals last month.
Since 1994, Sherrill coached 10 state MVPs, 24 conference players of the year and 28 All-Americans.
“As I sit here today,” he said, “I wonder where in the world the last 26 seasons have gone. Man, what a great ride. ...Our players have given their all in every practice. I am so proud of the kids who have made this world a better place because of their foundation as an AC softball player.”
Sherrill’s teams have consistently been high achievers academically. In 2012, the NFCA recognized Alexander Central as having the top weighted grade-point average in the nation (4.31). In 2013, Alexander Central finished second (4.29).
“When you really get down to the nuts and bolts of what the last 26 years are about, it has nothing to do with ball,” Sherrill said. “Sure, we have a lot to be proud of. We had the greatest softball (winning) streak in our state’s history, we have built our field into the nation’s best, our GPA was tops in the country and we finished as national champions.
“But it’s about being prepared every day, never having an off day and when it’s not a good day, making it one. It’s been about striving to be the best as an individual, but never being above the team. It’s about doing your job regardless of whether you like it or not, and doing it to the very best of your ability with great passion.
“I love my players, but they have not always liked me. My job was to be their leader and push them to be their best.”
Several Observer-area players made the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. To view the full team, visit charlotteobserver.com/sports/high-school
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