Jeff Timmons promoted to head Bobcat softball coach

Jeff Timmons, an assistant coach for the past two years, has been promoted to the head softball coach at Aberdeen High School.

Timmons’ appointment was confirmed at the most recent Aberdeen School Board meeting. He succeeds Bill Tometich, who resigned due to family considerations.

Tometich’s daughters, Abby Jo and 2012 AHS graduate Hannah, are both members of the University of North Dakota softball team. He determined that finding time to watching them play would have created conflicts with his Aberdeen coaching duties, athletic director Ken Ashlock reported.

A 1988 Aberdeen High graduate, the 42-year-old Timmons assisted Tometich with Bobcat state 2A qualifying teams in each of the past two years.

“Bill set a great foundation to build off of,” Timmons said Wednesday.

An estimator for Lakeside Industries, Timmons is also an experienced coach at the summer youth level. He assisted the late Larry Dixon with teams (the Bombers and the Grays Harbor Heat) that earned World Series berths.

Although several members of last season’s state semifinal team return, the Bobcats graduated much of their power. Timmons said that will be reflected in his strategy.

“I’m going to be a little more aggressive on the basepaths and exercising small ball more,” he said. “That goes with the talent level we have now and graduating the big boppers. We’re going to have to manufacture a lot more runs this year.”