Augusta High School has its new softball coach.
Shane Steinkamp, who has several years of experience at the college level as a head coach and pitching coach, has taken the coaching vacancy at Augusta. The decision was made official at Monday night’s school board meeting.
“I believe coach Steinkamp is an excellent addition to our high school coaching staff,” said Augusta athletic director Doug Law. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and considerable experience with him and I look forward to the continued success of the softball program.”
Steinkamp, who played at third base during his college baseball playing days, was the head softball coach at Butler through the ‘98 season. He then moved on to Fort Hays for two years through 2000.
Steinkamp returned to Butler as a pitching coach in 2003, where he stayed through 2008.?During that stretch, the Grizzlies won three conference championships and finished as region runner-up four times.
Steinkamp said the main difference between coaching at the collegiate level and the high school level is the amount of time he gets to spend with the players.
“Cramming nine months of coaching into three months is a challenge,” Steinkamp said.
His main objective is to develop a strong work ethic within the program.
“We won’t be outworked. Talent wins a lot, but I’m a firm believer that if you work hard and compete hard, you’ll be successful,” Steinkamp said.
During the past few years, Steinkamp also has given private lessons and worked at softball camps. He already has a good rapport with several of the current Augusta players.
“I’ve worked with a lot of these kids when they were younger, so I?know a lot of them,” he said.
Steinkamp said he’s excited to work with current assistant coaches Nancy Nordman and Jamie VanDever, who will stay on staff.