Hillsdale softball coach Hannah Moore is resigning

Hannah Moore may love Hillsdale High School softball as much as anyone could, but she’ll be the first to tell you that something replaces that: her family.

Moore resigned as head coach of the Lady Falcons after their season and led the team to a 22-4 overall record and an unblemished 14-0 mark in the Wayne County Athletic League.

But her husband, Ryan, the former Hillsdale boys basketball coach, and her two sons take priority, especially as the boys get older.

“The biggest thing was my two little boys, they are getting older and more active, and not being a teacher made it too difficult for my family life,” says Moore, who works as a senior reinsurance analyst at Westfield. Insurance. “It was just time for our family to take priority, and for me to step down and be with them more, against Hillsdale softball.

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“It took me a long time to decide. It wasn’t easy because I still love the game, the team and the girls,” said Moore, a 2009 Hillsdale graduate. “I’ve always said it’s like like I have my pseudo children so it’s hard to know that I’m stepping away from them especially the underclassmen that are coming in and the underclassmen that are there now They’ll be good next year but I knew that if I do it now I wouldn’t, I would never want to, but I want to do what’s best for my family.”

Hillsdale softball has a well-known legacy, as the program has won seven state championships, most recently in 2018, under the leadership of Moore and the strong pitching of Sydney Long. In 2022, Hillsdale lost in the state semifinals under Moore.

“I’ll still live in the community, I’ll still be there, I’ll see it all the time, I live five minutes from the school,” Moore said. “It was a difficult but easy decision if that has any meaning. I love the sport, I love the girls I have always had the opportunity to coach since 2017. I have had a lot of fun years, but I love an I’m not saying this has to happen forever, maybe I can find my way back when my children are grown.’

This past season was another standout season for Hillsdale, who lost 4-0 to Tuslaw in the Division III district championship game. But the Lady Falcons led the WCAL last season and went undefeated, led by four seniors in Lilyan Amend, Belle Dalton, Mollie Goon and Jacey Sermulis.

“They knew what it took to be Hillsdale softball, they had their ups and downs all four years, but they were the ones that stayed consistent all four years, so that was pretty cool to see how their athletic skills were so strong in how well they did,” Moore said “And they are just great people. That’s the best of all four. They were a fun group to be around, they were fun to talk to and coach. And it was so good to see such a strong leadership group. from such a small class.”

Moore said Dalton and Goon had a lot to do with Hillsdale remaining undefeated in the WCAL.

“Those two, how much they’ve grown, and they just wanted to keep the tradition of Hillsdale softball strong, and they knew they were playing for something bigger than themselves, and that was pretty cool to see,” Moore said. “And this year for the team, last year they had a sour taste in their mouth because they drew with two teams, and they didn’t want to do that again. I think it was a big goal this year to make sure that we won it outright. I think it was the first time we went 14-0 since 2018.”

Moore, who has a 151-38 overall record in her eight seasons at Hillsdale, also had a strong corps of assistant coaches this past season with her father, Dan Fulk, Kirk Ebert, Nicole Smith, LeeAnn Heffelfinger and Adrianna Summerfield, a former player.

“Dad is going to be a grandpa now, and that’s a part I’m going to miss because I saw my dad every day and it was like a dream come true,” Moore said. “As a little girl, I always thought I wanted to coach with my dad one day, but I never thought it would be in Hillsdale. I think that’s all it took to line up, and it was perfect.”

Moore also praised the parents and the Hillsdale community.

“I’ve had very little trouble with the girls, the parents, all of the above, and I always brag about how great Hillsdale is with the parents and the fans,” Moore said. “I still think we have the best community out there, so it’s just a special place right now. I’ll always be there for the girls and I’m very grateful for everyone’s support over the years.”