David Dorsey retires as Somerset softball coach


After 12 years at the helm and nearly two decades in the program, Somerset High School softball coach David Dorsey retired from coaching the Lady Jumpers.

"Including my time coaching Little League, Babe Ruth, high school baseball and high school softball, I have been coaching for 42 years," Dorsey stated. "I always said I would retire after both my daughters graduated from high school. Five years would go by and then another five years, and I am still coaching."

"With the season being cancelled this spring, it gave me a little separation from the program, and I thought now might be the best time to step down," Dorsey said. "Also, with my age I don't think I really rlate with the younger generation as well as I use to, and the program needs some younger leadership going forward."


With the program towards the bottom of the 12th Region standings before he became involved with the program, Dorsey took the Lady Jumpers to unprecedented heights in his very first season. During his 12 seasons as head coach, the Somerset softball team elevated to a higher level.

"Dave took over a program that was last in the region," Somerset High School Athletic Director Bob Tucker stated. "Most of our games didn’t go past 5 innings. He held his players to a new standard and insisted they perform at the highest level. Somerset High School softball owes a great deal to Dave Dorsey."

Tucker first encouraged Dorsey to help out coaching the high school baseball team in 1984. Working under his former mentor, Charlie Taylor, Dorsey became an integral part of the Briar Jumper baseball program and was probably being groomed to be the program's next baseball head coach.  MORE