Fort Mill Times

Warriors' Barfield steps down

Monica Barfield
Monica Barfield

After five years at the head of the ship, Indian Land softball coach Monica Barfield has stepped down.

Barfield, who compiled a 116-47 record during her tenure, said she wanted to spend more time with her family, especially her children, Wesley, 8, and Kyleigh, 22 months.

"I spend more time with my softball team sometimes, than I do with them," Barfield said. "And Kyleigh is getting to the point now, when she knows I'm not there."

Barfield will still continue to teach at Indian Land Elementary. She is the second Indian Land High coach to leave the head varsity position this season. Head varsity baseball coach Kevin Durham stepped down after this past season to take a job in Pendleton.

Barfield said she had thought about stepping down after last year's team lost in the Upper State championship, but decided to come back this season to give it one more try.

Despite her record, Barfield and the Lady Warriors haven't performed as well as they would have liked to in the past two seasons. Barfield started her time with Indian Land program as JV coach and then stepped into the head coaching position after former coach Beth Griffin got out of coaching after four straight state championships.

In her first three years as head coach, Barfield guided Indian Land to three Region III-A championships and three state championships, going 81-20. She won a fourth Region III-A championship this season, but the last couple of years, the team has had some down years by their standards going 17-16 in 2007 and 18-11 this year.

"I wish we could have won state this year, but we just couldn't pull it through," she said.

Barfield credited her assistant coaches, including husband Mark, for the success the team has seen.

"I have done what most coaches don't get to accomplish," she said. "The credit goes to my assistant coaches. It takes all of us to accomplish what we have done."

Barfield said she has always felt close to the program. A 1992 graduate of Indian Land, Barfield played softball for the Lady Warriors and said that being apart of the program wasn't just part of a job.

"The hardest part was being an alumni of the program," she said. "Its leaving a program, I had a big heart for."