Coach Stephen Hammock (Enriching the HS Softball Experience)
Coach Hammock is entering his fifth softball season with Gulf Shores High School, third as the Head Softball Coach, and sixth year at Gulf Shores High School. Before becoming the Head Coach, Coach Hammock spent two seasons as the Head Junior Varsity Softball Coach and Lead Varsity Assistant working with outfielders, infielders, and catchers in addition to providing hitting and base running instruction.
Though the 2020 season was shortened due to Covid-19, the Lady Dolphins were on pace to exceed offensive totals from the 2019 season, including homeruns, runs batted in, runs scored, and extra base hits. The Lady Dolphins were playing their best ball at the point of interruption due to the pandemic, winning 6 of their last 9 games.
The 2019 season saw the Lady Dolphins make a return to the South Regional of the AHSAA playoffs, after a two-year absence, and come two games short of advancing to the State Tournament.
Prior to coming to Gulf Shores, Coach Hammock worked for three years at Upson-Lee High School serving as the Head Varsity Softball Coach, and Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach. Under his leadership, the Lady Knights won 12 games in 2014, the most wins in a season in 10 years. Prior to Hammock’s arrival, the Varsity baseball team won two games in 2012 and three games in 2011. Serving as the primary outfield instructor in 2013, the Knights baseball team won 10 games, 8 more than the previous year, and won 14 games in 2014 with Hammock serving as the lead infield instructor. The Knights’ success continued in 2015 with 17 wins and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the state playoffs. While at Upson-Lee, Coach Hammock instructed five college signees (Chelsea Wainwright- Gordon State College, Montana Schug- Denison College, Kyle Kelly- Point University, Austin Matson- Valdosta State, Kalen Puckett- Georgia State).
Prior to Upson-Lee, Coach Hammock served as an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach and primary defensive instructor for the 2011 season, at Mundy’s Mill High School. The Tigers posted a 22-9 season record and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the State Playoffs, losing to the defending two-time state champion, Marist High School. At Mundy’s Mill, Coach Hammock coached four college signees (Corey Harmon- Gordon State College, Jerek Wright- Paine College, Raheem Jackson- Savannah State, Rodney Smith- University of Minnesota) and one draft pick (Rashad Crawford- 11th Round Selection- Chicago Cubs).
In addition to his softball duties, Coach Hammock is a special education teacher, and also serves as an Assistant Athletic Director at the school.