Winfield, Mo. - Long practices and tough, hard drills.
To first-year Winfield softball coach Dean Streed, it’s the formula that could turn a great team with promise into a potential state champion.
Streed should know, for he captained Bowling Green to two state titles in nine years as head coach. He said what he sees from his squad in its practices is more than promising.
“(The Warriors have) had some great seasons in the past,” said Streed, who comes to the program after one season at Holt High School in Wentzville. “We have some younger talent this year. We’re deep.
“I cannot tell you who our starters are, because they are so competitive.”
Streed said two things drew him to Winfield. One was the area reminded a great deal of Bowling Green, a growing rural area with a family atmosphere.
The other was the type of program he would be taking over. Former coach Bryan Keim left a squad that went 14-11 in 2020, losing to, ironically enough, Bowling Green, in the Class 3 District 2 title game.
“That’s something you’re taking into consideration,” Streed said. “Bryan Keim was an assistant of mine at Bowling Green, and (Troy Buchanan baseball coach) Justin Rodgers was a teammate of mine at (University of Missouri-St. Louis), so I got some good information on the program.”
Streed said he wants to build a team that will battle in every game. He knows if Winfield reaches the district championship game this season, he could likely face his former team.
However, he sees the 2021 campaign as a foundation year for the future of the Warriors softball program.
“I want us to compete every day,” Streed said. “I don’t expect us to win a state title this year.
“Would it be nice? Of course it would, but I want to lay the foundation to be a state championship-caliber team in the future.”