Red River Fills Softball Coaching Slot

Red River High School has named Coach Ginger Craig and Coach Cymantha Smelser Co-Head Softball Coaches.   Both coaches were part of Coach Zach Thrasher’s staff and will bring consistency and a wealth of knowledge to the softball program.

Coach Ginger Craig begins her 28th year of Coaching in Red River Parish.  She began her coaching career at Martin High School then transitioned to Red River High School.  While at MHS, she coached girls’ basketball and softball. Coach Craig is also the Head Golf Coach at RRHS and served as an assistant softball coach for 10 years.  She is also the Adapted Physical Education teacher for the district.

Coach Craig, a Converse native, had one of the most remarkable careers in Northwestern State University Lady Demon softball history(1985-1988).  She set 10 career hitting records, and still holds the career triples mark with 18.   She also holds the individual season record for batting average(.428).  She was the Louisiana Athletic Director’s Association Player of the Year and the Gulf Star Conference Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1987.

Craig, one of two NSU softball players to have her jersey number retired(#3), continues to support NSU athletics by serving on the steering committee for the N-Club, the Demons Unlimited Foundation Board of Directors and through the Ginger Craig Softball Scholarship.

In her spare time, Craig enjoys fishing, hunting, Saints softball, and spending time with family and friends.   She also loves cheering on her two favorite coaches, Taylor and Tanner Lee.

Coach Cymantha Smelser just finished her 13th year of coaching softball.  She spent the majority of her coaching career in the Monroe area.  In 2014, she was the assistant coach at Ouachita High School where she helped lead the team to win the 5A State Championship for the first time in school history.  Coach Smelser is excited to combine Coach Craig’s knowledge of softball with her own knowledge to build the program.


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