By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
KOSSUTH – Daniel Threadgill is a young coach who is appreciative of his first head-coaching job.
He’s also made the most of his opportunity.
The 29 year old has led the Kossuth High baseball team out of the doldrums to a 13-4 start in his first season as the Aggies’ head coach. The Aggies won only five games last year and went winless in division play. The year before that, they won only one division game.
This year, Kossuth is 3-2 and contending for a division title halfway through the division schedule.
“I’m glad Kossuth took a chance on me,” said Threadgill, who had been an assistant at Nettleton for three seasons. “Not a lot of people are wanting to hire somebody who has never been a head coach before, especially at the upper 3, 4,5 and 6A levels. They want somebody with experience, and that is understandable.”
Threadgill isn’t the only leader the Aggies have. Behind the plate and at the plate, the Alcorn County team has depended on Wesley Box.
“He’s a leader on defense and he’s a leader when he steps in that batters’ box,” Threadgill said of his senior backstop. “He does it all. He controls the game and he does what he’s supposed to do on a day-in and day-out basis and not just on game day, but at practice, too.”
Other difference makers for Kossuth this season are the two hitters before Box in the Aggies’ lineup. Hitting in the two-spot, Jake Glidewell is versatile enough to play both the shortstop and third-base positions. He has a .417 on-base percentage.
Heath Wood, “a solid middle infielder,” says Threadgill, is the team’s leadoff hitter who “gets on any way he can.”
“Those guys at the top of the order really make a difference for us,” said the first-year coach. “They’ve made a difference the whole season.”
David Gibson (4-2) is the team’s ace on the mound. Opponents are hitting .227 against him.
“He’s hitting his spots,” Box said. “He’s improved a lot from last year. He’s getting his curveball over. He’s working really well.”
And so has Threadgill with his team.
“He’s young and that’s helps us relate to him a lot,” Box said. “He kids around but we know when we need to be serious. He’s just fun to have around. … He’s a good coach.”
Contact John Wilbert at 678-1572