BY RICH PALZEWIC
SUAMICO – The Bay Port High School softball team has its third head coach in as many years.
Activities Director Brian Matz announced the school has hired Amber Francour to lead the Pirates.
“I’m really excited to get started,” said Francour, who was formerly the head coach at Algoma High School, winning the 2013 Division 4 state championship. “I come into this program with a fresh start for myself and the girls. I can set my own way and create my own path here.”
Francour grew up in Door County, graduating from Southern Door High School before attending UW-Oshkosh.
Jenna Woepse ended her run at Bay Port as head coach in 2017, while Dave Luedtke had the reins a season ago.
Francour said she will stress communication among the players, parents and coaches, and she also wants her athletes to be leaders on and off the field.
The Bay Port softball program has made the state tournament once, doing so in 2015 under Woepse.
The Pirates have won four Fox River Classic Conference titles since 2011, with the last being in 2017.
Bay Port finished 14-8 overall last year and 13-5 in the rugged FRCC. The Pirates bowed out in the regional finals after a 1-0 loss to Ashwaubenon.
Francour will start her new job as a special education teacher at Bay Port starting next week.