Rainier’s Kyle Greenwood Named Central 2B Coach of the Year

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/7/22

Following a season that included a 2B State semi-finals appearance, Rainier’s fastpitch head coach Kyle Greenwood was named the Central 2B Coach of the Year.

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Following a season that included a 2B State semi-finals appearance, Rainier’s fastpitch head coach Kyle Greenwood was named the Central 2B Coach of the Year.

Rainier went 8-2 in Central 2B play, and sported an overall record of 18-7 for the year. It was a historic year for the Rainier fastpitch team, as they notched several memorable wins throughout the season.

“I was very fortunate to be given the Central 2B Coach of the Year award,” Greenwood said. “That’s something we as a staff have been striving for since our first year together when we went 4-16.”

Greenwood said the award is a great honor, but it represents much more than what he accomplished as the coach.

“We as coaches can’t take glory by saying we’re the ones who turned the program around, because it’s really an effort that will take an entire program,” Greenwood added. “I believe the award shouldn’t just be in reference to a single coach, but an entire staff and program. It should be the program of the year award because every person involved deserves just as much recognition.”

Greenwood said he noticed a change of the tides in the success of Rainier’s fastpitch program when teams could no longer mark Rainier as an easy victory. He said the girls were able to hold their own against teams that previously beat Rainier in blowout games.

Greenwood knew this year’s team was going to be a special one when the Lady Mountaineers defeated North Thurston High School in a non-conference matchup during their first game. North Thurston plays in the 3A classification, several ranks above Rainier’s 2B classification, so their 7-1 win over North Thurston showed the team’s promise.



Rainier continued its non-conference schedule with a 2-0 win over Tenino on March 24. Tenino resides in the 1A classification. The Mountaineers also went on to defeat 1A Cascade Christian on March 25. Their momentum from non-conference games carried through into the remainder of the regular season, as Rainier secured a 15-7 record the remainder of the season.

Under the lead of Greenwood, Rainier also produced several all-Central 2B players during the 2022 season. Most notably, pitcher Bailey Elwell was named co-MVP of the league, sharing the honors with Adna’s Karlee Vonmoos. Other Mountaineers who walked away with league awards included Olivia Earsley on the first team, Madison Mounts and Brooklyn Swenson on the second team, and Alyssa Lofgren was an honorable mention.

Greenwood labeled this year’s team as an exceptional group of girls and wanted to give them overall freedom on the field.

“We decided that since we have such a special group, we want to give them the freedom of the game,” Greenwood said. “For example, we want the girls to be able to identify when to steal, not to be lackadaisical and wait for the coach to signal. Instead, we want to give our girls freedom.”

Greenwood also noted that because of the girls’ progression of ability, they’ve been able to focus their intentions at practice to other aspects of the game instead of the basic fundamentals of fastpitch.

Greenwood was quick to give all of the credit to his players and coaching staff, and was proud of the team for putting him in a position to succeed as a coach.

“Take risks, that’s how you’ll find out whether it’s successful or not,” Greenwood said. “You have to create a club culture, a program that is able to foster growth, positivity for the girls. Now, we might’ve been disappointed that we lost in the state semifinals to Pe Ell (the eventual state champions), but the way the season ended wasn’t disappointing overall. We wanted to keep pushing ourselves to the limits during the postseason and nobody was ready to be finished playing yet. Our girls battled, and it’s great to be able to look back and be proud of the run they went on.”

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