Fast Pitch Softball Coaches

Troy Pirkle

Head Fast Pitch Softball Coach 

In the fall of 2018, Coach Pirkle will be entering his 21st year in secondary education and coaching.  He returned to Cobb County as a head coach in the fall of 2008.  As an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, Coach Pirkle earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, while also gaining his Social Studies teaching certification.  As a graduate student, he obtained his Masters and Specialist Degrees in Administration and Leadership at the University of West Georgia and also holds Gifted Certification, which he obtained from the University of North Georgia.

In his 14 year tenure as a head coach, Coach Pirkle’s teams have compiled over 300 wins.  His teams have won five Region Championships, made seven Elite 8 appearances, and had two state runner-up finishes (2010, 2017).  Coach Pirkle was recognized as Coach of the Year twice by the Georgia Dugout Club (AAA in 2010, AAAAAA in 2017) and was twice selected as the Cobb County Coach of the Year by the Marietta Daily Journal (2010, 2017).  He has been recognized as Region Coach of the Year five times (2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2017).  He has also been selected to coach in the Dugout Club All-Star Game (2012, 2015) and the GACA North/South All-Star Game (2013).  In his tenure, he has served as Region Tournament Director and Region Coordinator multiple seasons.  Coach Pirkle is fortunate to have a number of players receive individual recognition and achievements for All-Region, All-County, and All-State and many have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.

Coach Pirkle’s career began in Cobb County, as an assistant coach at Harrison High School.  As an assistant for the softball program, he was a part of the 2000 AAAAA State Championship, 2001 AAAAA 3rd place finish, and three Area 5AAAAA Championships. After Harrison, he went on to take his first Head Coaching job at Grayson High School, where he coached for four seasons.

Mark Bagwell

Head JV Fast Pitch Softball Coach 

Coach Bagwell has been an assistant coach in multiple sports over the course of his career. Most of his coaching experience has been as a softball assistant and head coach.  His nine year tenure as a softball head coach spans three different schools in the Metro-Atlanta area. During that time period, his teams amassed 199 wins and all three programs advanced to the state playoffs. He successfully guided two different teams to the Elite 8 in Columbus.

Coach Bagwell is in his twenty-fourth year in education and fifth year as an AP Calculus teacher at Allatoona. During that time, he has been an assistant coach for the Softball Program and Men’s Tennis Program. He earned his Undergraduate Degree, in Mathematics, from the University of Alabama. Coach Bagwell began his teaching career in Alabama and taught for three years, prior to moving to Georgia. In the classroom, he has been selected as STAR Teacher on two occasions (2004 and 2018). He has three wonderful children:  Jake, Bailey, and Charlie.

Amanda Bolls

Fast Pitch Softball Assistant Coach

Coach Amanda Bolls began her career in Cobb county and has taught English for the past eight years. During that span, she served as an assistant or head coach in five of those years (Fastpitch Softball, Lady’s Basketball, & Track and Field). In the fall of 2018, she will be embarking on her first year as a member of the Allatoona HS faculty and as a member of the Softball staff. In high school Coach Bolls was a three sport athlete, lettered in all three sports, and won multiple awards for her athletic performance. Coach Bolls attended Kennesaw State University for both her Bachelors (B.S. in Communication/PR) and Masters degrees (Master of Arts in Teaching) and is Gifted Certified; while this is her second career, teaching has always been her true calling. Even as a toddler, she played “school” and had the neighbors convinced she was already in kindergarten. She has held both head coach and assistant coach positions throughout her career, and successfully led several Wheeler Track and Field athletes to the State Championship level.

Coach Bolls is married and has two boys, Judson and Anderson.

Steve Kemp

Fast Pitch Softball Assistant Coach

Coach Steve Kemp has been with the Allatoona Softball program since its inception in the summer of 2008, after previously coaching the Kennesaw Mountain High School Metro Team.  He coached three daughters (Carey, Katie and Abby) through their softball careers starting in 1981 and has worked with Rec and Travel Teams in the West Cobb area for 30+ years.  In addition, he has spent the last eighteen years of service in the KMHS and AHS programs.  He has served in his current role of Varsity Assistant at Allatoona for the past eight seasons.  Coach Steve was twice recognized as Assistant Coach of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club (AAAAA in 2015, AAAAAA in 2017).  His hard work and efforts were also recognized when Allatoona HS was named Field of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club in 2015.  Both awards are a tribute to his relentless dedication to our program.

Coach Steve took his Kennesaw Mountain Metro teams to three Championships and two Runners up in his six years, before then going on to produce another Championship and two Runners up at Allatoona.  As a Varsity Assistant Coach in the High School Program, Coach Steve has seen his Varsity teams to two State Runner-up finishes (AAA in 2010, AAAAAA in 2017), six Elite 8s and three Region Championships.  He has been voted Region Assistant Coach of the year three times (2012, 2013, 2017).

Coach Kemp graduated from Marietta High school in 1967.  There he played center on the football team that went twenty-one straight games without a loss until the team was defeated in the State Championship game.  Steve went on to play football for East Tennessee State and is a member of the Marietta High School All-Century team.

Coach Steve’s experience in the home building industry for over fifteen years as well as his love for the game of softball and attention to detail have driven him to develop one of the top playing fields in the State of Georgia.  Many coaches have been very complimentary of the Allatoona field conditions and are directed to Steve as being the “Field CEO”.  An opposing team’s pitcher and catcher were once overheard asking their head coach, “Are you sure we can use the Bull Pen?  We don’t want to mess it up.  It looks too nice!”

Allatoona High School Varsity Head Coach Troy Pirkle stated:  “Coach Kemp has played a vital role in building this program from the ground up (literally and figuratively).  He spends countless hours devoting his time to the softball program at Allatoona, and there is no way to truly know how much effort he has put forth.  He is a priceless member of our staff.”

Brad Strickland

Fast Pitch Softball Assistant Coach

Coach Strickland has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and has been teaching and coaching for the past 21 years. He attended North Cobb High School, where he competed in both baseball and football. Coach Strickland went on and continued his baseball career at Kennesaw State University.  He has been teaching in the field of Special Education for the past 12 years. In his teaching and coaching tenure, he has spent years at North Cobb, Osborne, Rockmart (Head baseball coach), South Cobb and Alexander High Schools. Coach Strick was part of the original teaching staff, who opened Allatoona High School in 2008, and has served as a baseball assistant all 10 seasons. He has coached fast pitch softball for eight years at the high school level and is currently an assistant coach for his daughter’s travel team (Atlanta Vipers ’05 Tamborra). In the fall of 2018, he will be entering his third season as part of the Allatoona Softball Program, serving as JV and Varsity Assistant Coach. He also works with the Allatoona feeder softball program, so he can coach his daughter Maci.

Coach Strickland is married to Lori Strickland, and has five children:  Faith; Casey; Maci; Lyla Brooke; and Kylee.

Coach Strickland’s favorite quote that he finds inspirational is from Sparky Anderson, who said, “Success isn’t something that just happens.  Success is learned, success is practice, and then it is shared.”

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