After leading Anna’s Lady Coyotes to the state softball tournament for the first time in school history, coach Lindsey Gage has accepted the head coaching job at Class 6A Ridge Point, which is southwest of Houston.

Gage coached Anna to one playoff appearance in her four years with the team, but that appearance was a run all the way to the 2019 Class 4A state championship game in Austin. For her efforts in guiding the Lady Coyotes this season, Gage was recently named the state’s Class 1A-4A Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

“We hate to see her go,” Anna Athletic Director Jason Heath saidin a phone interview. “She’s been a big part of the program here for the last four years obviously, in rebuilding that program and getting them to where they were this year. We hate to see her go, but we understand. Making that move is what’s best for them. We see that a lot in coaching. As for the season this year, I was glad to see that all the work and the improvements really tied together and came to a culmination.”

Gage’s husband, James Gage, was hired in April as football offensive coordinator for Class 6A Alvin, which also near Houston. He had been athletic director and head football coach at S&S High School since 2015.