Judith Husband, who guided the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball program to the state semifinals each of the past two years, is leaving the Gulf County School District.

 

Judith Husband, who guided the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball program to the state semifinals each of the past two years, is leaving the Gulf County School District.

And as much as they impact what Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton called the “alpha” sports program in Wewahitchka, Husband’s departure was also significant to the school district.

As a staffing specialist and behavorial specialist, Husband was charged with drafting individualized education programs for both special education and gifted students.

Martha Weirmorts, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, said during a school board meeting last week that the position is critical in ensuring the district adheres to all guidelines pertaining to special needs students.

The district team was to interview two candidates from within the district to replace Husband with the hope of having somebody on board this week to train with Husband.

Husband, who resignation is effective the end of this week, is moving to Tallahassee to be closer to loved ones and work as a behavior specialist with Leon County School District.

Norton said that assistant coach Tony Price was designated the interim head coach until a permanent replacement was indentified.

After serving two years as an assistant to Kendra McDaniel, Husband took over the reins of the Lady Gator softball team after the 2015 season, during which Wewahitchka was 17-7.

In 2016, the Lady Gators went 20-8, at one time sharing the top spot in the state rankings with the Wewahitchka baseball team, and reached the state Class 1A championship game before losing to Chiefland.

The final four that year was anything but typical.

The semifinals were delayed one day due to rain, forcing both to be played the same day as the title game.

After surviving an extra-inning tussle in the morning, the Lady Gators lost to Chiefland after a single disastrous inning.

This past season, the Lady Gators were 23-3, ranked No. 1 in the state for much of the season, and reached the state semifinals, only to run into Chiefland again.

Leading heading into the final inning, Wewahitchka lost on a walk-off two-run single down the left-field line.

And with the core of those teams returning, including the top four hitters and top pitcher, the team appears loaded for another shot at the title.

“I love winning and the last two years have been amazing in that respect,” Husband said. “This group that I am leaving is a very special and talented group.

“I hate to leave the program, but it is time for advance my career and see where life takes me from here.”

That career, she noted in her resignation letter, received a significant boost with Gulf District Schools.

“Thank you for having me as part of your team,” Husband wrote to district officials. “I am proud to have worked for Gulf County Schools, and I aappreciate the time and patience you have shown in training me.

“I have learned a lot about Exceptional Student Education, and these skills will serve me well in my career.”

Wewahitchka is home for Husband, who was born, raised and starred in the diamond in Wewahitchka.

She was, at then-Wewahitchka High School, the first in a line of outstanding pitchers at Wewahitchka after softball statewide transitioned from slow-pitch to fast nearly two decades ago.

While she was on the roster, the Lady Gators reached three region finals, two state semifinals and the state title game.

She had a successful junior college career, and after completing her college degree she returned to Gulf County and the public school system.

Between 2009-2011, she also coached the softball and girls’ basketball teams, and returned to the softball program with McDaniel in 2014-15.

“I love Wewahitchka,” Husband said. “I was born and raised here and had the opportunity to impact young lives.”