By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Renee Torres has coached a lot of softball over the years.
He recently started the next chapter of his career as the head coach at Midwest City High School.
“Midwest City has had some good teams back in the day and I’m excited to rebuild that,” Torres said. “I’m always up for a challenge and am excited to see what we can do.”
Torres was hired earlier this year and replaces Amber Gorman who coached the team for 13 years.
The new Lady Bombers coach has been busy working on player development, promoting the booster club and getting new equipment and uniforms.
“This has been a very busy summer for me,” he said. “And I appreciate all the support I’ve received from Midwest City athletic director Darrel Hall, Mid-Del athletic director Andy Collier and everyone else at the school.”
Torres said the girls are learning his new style of coaching and practices. He was hired in the tail end of the school year and got a chance to work with the team briefly before summer.
“They’re catching on quick, and I think they’re eager to learn new things,” he said. “We’re all getting along well and hopefully we can get more ball players coming out.”
The Lady Bombers will play a lot of small ball and try to put pressure on opposing teams with their speed on the basepath.
“I want us to be aggressive on the base paths and not rely on home runs to win games,” he said.
Torres is originally from San Antonio, Texas and went to college in California where he also played baseball. He later joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Gulf War. Following his military service, Torres moved to Oklahoma to work at Tinker Air Force Base as a production manager in the printing facility.
He started coaching when his daughter started playing softball. After she graduated, Torres took a coaching job at Santa Fe South High School. He briefly coached at Carl Albert State College before accepting the opening at Midwest City High School.
Torres also continued to coach travel ball in the summer.
“I played a lot of baseball myself and got into softball when my daughter was playing,” he said. “I really love softball and the speed of the game.”
Midwest City will begin fall practices on July 15. Their season starts in early August.