KOSSUTH — Kossuth High School didn’t have to look far to find their new head softball coach.
He was just on the other side of the football field.
Aggie assistant baseball coach Brandon Bobo was named the new head softball coach this week. Bobo will take over for Dana Rhea, who left after one season and a Region 1-3A championship.
“I’m excited for the change and ready to get started and keep the winning tradition going here at Kossuth,” said Bobo.
The new KHS softball coach is a 1996 graduate of Kossuth High School and is married to Jeni. They are the parents of Matthew, Regan and twins boys Brady and Brody Bobo.
“Our number one goal each year will always be to win the division title and then make a run for the state championship … nothing will change there,” he said. “The talent in this division is incredible and we know we have to be up for the challenge.”
The Lady Aggies return their entire 2021 roster intact for the 2022 season, a rare occurrence in high school sports. That means 100 percent of their offensive production as well as pitching and defense will help create a huge advantage for the new coach as he takes over the maroon and white.
“That’s big,” said Bobo of losing no one to graduation. “We have a lot of talent and experience on the roster so I’m expecting us to contend for the division title again this upcoming season.”
“Coach Bobo has been at Kossuth for seven years,” said KHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “He has been a baseball assistant all that time and spent a couple of years with (former Kossuth Softball) Coach (Steve) Lyles.
Kossuth posted an overall record of 19-11 during the recently completed season with a 9-1 mark in Region 1-3A. They were rewarded with the division championship via a run differential in the Booneville series.
Their season ended with a 2-0 series loss to the eventual state champion Lady Blue Devils.
“Booneville is gonna be good again and Mantachie is moving into our division after winning the 2A state title this year,” said the new Kossuth coach. “I’m really excited to see the girls continue to work and get better, both in the weight room and on the field. Our fans and the entire Kossuth community are so supportive and the atmosphere is electric.”