Change isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Alabama football should continue thriving under Nick Saban, even though the recent revolving door of staff members has left the venerable coach with nine of his 10 current assistant coaches who weren't with the team when it won a national title in 2015.
That’s a lot of change, and it makes what’s happening with Jacksonville State softball all the more remarkable.
Head coach Jana McGinnis hired pitching coach Mark Wisener 21 years ago, and he’s still there. McGinnis hired Julie Boland 16 years ago, and she’s still there. Actually, McGinnis recruited Boland as a player, with her spending four years as a player, then a year as a student assistant and a year as a graduate assistant.
Both Wisener and Boland have had opportunities to go elsewhere, but they choose to stay at JSU, the alma mater of both. That says as much about McGinnis and JSU as it does about Wisener and Boland.
Those three have led the Gamecocks to plenty of wins. JSU has won the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship, the league tournament championship or both in nine of the past 13 years.
The players love both Boland and Wisener, and they love their players. That’s all as it should be with good coaches. The players don’t always like Boland and Wisener every single day, and that’s as it should be with good coaches who demand excellence.
Both Boland and Wisener are good in the community, too, as they’ve taken up McGinnis’ mission to spread the word about Jacksonville State and the sport of softball.
In some sports with some coaching staffs, change is good and necessary. But as JSU softball shows, continuity is good and necessary, too.