Whitson leaves as Cougars’ softball coach

Chad Whitson coached Southwestern Randolph’s softball team to strong seasons. (Randolph Record file photo)

ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph softball coach Chad Whitson has resigned after five seasons, the school announced Monday.

The Cougars held a 65-22 record under Whitson’s direction.

Toby Strider, who had been an assistant coach, has been promoted to head coach. Strider also previously coached at the middle school.

The Cougars positioned a 22-2 record this year, going undefeated in Piedmont Athletic Conference play and ranking among the top teams in the state in Class 2-A. Standout pitcher Macie Crutchfield completed her sophomore season.

Infielder Carleigh Whitson, the coach’s daughter, was a senior on this season’s team.

Whitson received conference Coach of the Year honors in 2021 and 2023. The Cougars were league champions or co-champions three times with Whitson as coach.

By Randolph Record