OECU Moore 250

By Derrick Smith

The reasons behind why someone decides to pursue a high school coaching job can be numerous. Some may do it because they want to impact the lives of young people, while others may make the choice because they love the game and want to continue to be around it.

While the reasons above played a role in his decision, Moore High School softball coach Steven Peeler says that there was another reason he made his decision. “When I was an athlete in high school, I witnessed the ‘politics’ side of coaching,” he said. “I did not like what I saw and knew then that I wanted to become a coach to make sure it did not happen to my players.”

Peeler is in his second year at the helm of the Lady Lions slowpitch softball team, while also serving as assistant coach for the school’s fastpitch team. He says that the success that he has enjoyed during his career has happened for one reason. “The players,” he said. “I have been blessed with some very talented girls that see the big picture and understand what their roles are from inning to inning. They put the team first and we are successful because of that.”

As a coach, Steven says that he looks to other coaches for things that can help him grow as a coach and a person. “I do not have just one or two influences in my life,” he said. “I am a student of the motivational side of this game. I want to hear what coach Lincoln Riley, coach Saban, coach Auriemma, coach Gasso and coach Bianco are saying and doing to keep their teams hungry and see if it applies to what I am doing.”

While he enjoys that game and the strategy, Peeler says that the players he is around and gets to know during the season is what he enjoys the most. “I enjoy the relationships that are formed with the players,” he said.” Relationships that carry over outside of the player/coach capacity that end up lasting a lifetime.

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