Covenant Names LeLeux As New Softball Coach
Friday, July 23, 2021
After a national search, director of athletics Dr. Tim Sceggel announced Kara LeLeux as the new head softball coach at Covenant.
LeLeux (pronounced LUH-loo) becomes the sixth head coach in program history.
She comes to Covenant after a successful run as the head softball coach at Colorado High School in Colorado City, Texas, since 2017.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the softball program and build off the success they had this past season," said LeLeux.
"I'm excited to work with Amanda (Jones) and Hannah (Talley) and continue to help the athletes grow both on and off the field. I would like to thank Dr. Tim Sceggel for the support he has already shown me in this transition and the overall acceptance of everyone at Covenant College."
"I'm thrilled to have Kara join us on the mountain," added Sceggel. "Her preparation as a Division III student-athlete and successful high school head coach has equipped her well to be successful in leading the softball program. More importantly, it is clear that her faith drives her approach to coaching, which will make her a great fit in our department."
In her four years as the head coach at Colorado ISD, LeLeux's teams won two area championships and made runs in the postseason three times. In LeLeux's final season at the helm, her team took its second area title in her tenure and advanced to the 2A Region championship game.
LeLeux arrives with Division III experience, as she was a four-year standout at Hardin-Simmons University. A three-time All-American Southwest Conference honoree at first base, she had a career .307 average in 143 games with 17 homers and 50 extra-base hits. LeLeux was also a four-time selection to the Academic All-ASC team.
Additionally, LeLeux spent three years as an instructor at D-BAT Abilene, a premier baseball and softball training facility, while also serving as an intern with the Abilene Christian softball program for one semester.
LeLeux will take over a Covenant program that had a strong 2021 campaign with an 18-18 overall record and a program-best six All-USA South selections. The new head coach looks to continue to build that winning culture both on and off the field.
"This upcoming season the goal for our coaching staff is to continue to establish the winning culture and encourage the athletes to be successful both on and off the field," said LeLeux. "We want the athletes to be dialed in in the classroom and push themselves to excel academically."
Continued LeLeux, "We also want to emphasize the importance of the athletes' relationship with Christ, and mentor them and guide them in this relationship. And finally, we want the athletes to grow into better competitors on the field and use the talents and gifts God has granted them to help the program be successful."
Originally from Cypress, Texas, LeLeux earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and forensic studies from Hardin-Simmons in 2016. She completed a master's of education degree in kinesiology, sport, and recreation from Hardin-Simmons in 2017.