Southwestern Randolph Cougars turn to Lagrama as baseball coach

Ed Lagrama (Courtesy photo)

ASHEBORO – Ed Lagrama filled in at the end of the recent season as Southwestern Randolph’s interim baseball coach.

Now, he’ll be the coach moving forward.

Lagrama is a former softball coach at Southwestern Randolph.

His interim role came when the school sought a replacement for first-year coach Brian Gusa. The Cougars went 3-4 under Lagrama’s direction to complete a 9-15 season.

Lagrama had a connection to the baseball team as an assistant coach under Tyler Clapp and also helped when Ethan Marsh led the program.

So when principal Brian Hodgin called to ask him to complete the season as coach this spring, it made sense.

“It didn’t take me very long to decide what to do,” Lagrama said. “The reason it didn’t take long for me to decide was the kids. It was a no-brainer for me.”

Recently, he was named the new coach.

Lagrama had been umpiring high school games this year. When Hodgin called, he was in Siler City umpiring the Seaforth / Jordan-Matthews game. The next night – in his new role – he went back to Jordan-Matthews for a non-conference game with Southwestern Randolph.

“I made two trips to Jordan-Matthews in two days,” he said.

The Cougars won that game 10-4.

Lagrama said his time leading the softball program has him optimistic about his newest role. His daughter, Samantha Lagrama, was on the team then.

“We had some pretty good teams,” he said. “It was a very good coaching experience for me.”

Lagrama, 52, has spent more than a decade in various roles at the school. He teaches business classes in the Career and Technical Education program.

By Bob Sutton