Newly hired Madison head softball coach Camry Wright

Wright 

Support Local Journalism

Camry Wright is the new head softball coach at Madison.

Wright had coached the North Fremont softball team for more than a year, but the woman who walked up to her at a community softball tournament this fall didn't know that.  She just saw Wright’s skills at the tournament and wondered if Wright had played college softball. And she knew that Madison needed a new softball coach. 

That woman, Rachel Moore, is on the board for the Madison Girls' Softball Association, a local organization that works to prepare 6 to 14-year-old girls for high school softball. 

In talking to Wright, Moore found out that she had played college softball—at BYU-Hawaii where she walked on for a year before coaching in youth softball in Fremont county.

Wright lives in St. Anthony with her husband Torey. Last spring, she coached North Fremont’s softball team that missed the playoff by a pair of district tournament games.

“I was super excited to see that she did have some experience at the varsity level,” Madison athletic director Shane Proctor said. “We didn’t go and find her but she did come to us and we were very pleased that she did.”

Wright impressed Proctor in her interview.

“It just feels like she’s going to be a kid magnet,” Proctor said. “Kids are going to want to come play and be a part of what she’s building. Her passion for softball and the lessons she thinks softball can convey to the girls really stood out. And it was more about being a better person than a better sophomore player.”

Wright said she chose to switch to Madison because of its facilities, like its winter-ready fieldhouse and newly built softball diamonds.

“I want to coach long term and my biggest goal is to help girls,” Wright said. “And it’s this all around area to fall in love with the sport and provide them with opportunities to succeed on and off the field. I just feel like Madison is a good opportunity to do that with the facilities they have with the community they have. The parents and the staff, I’ve already received so much help and support from the staff at Madison and (its) athletic director that I feel like I can help the high school girls all around to grow their love for softball.”

The players Wright has met have impressed her.

“I had an opportunity to meet the girls and talk with them and I’m super excited,” Wright said. “They’re just a bunch of great girls. I’m excited to get to know them better and help them with softball and watch them succeed in softball and in life.”

The joy of meeting her new team hasn’t made leaving her old team any easier.

“I love North Fremont and I owe North Fremont so much from what I learned,” Wright said, noting the hardest part of leaving will be missing the assistant coaches and players.

Wright replaces Debbie Jensen who was let go earlier this year after six years with the Bobcats.

Though softball season is months away, Wright is already getting started with a meet and greet with the community and a softball camp for second to eighth grade girls on Dec. 29.

“We’re pretty very excited to have her,” Proctor said. “Her excitement for the youth level and wanting to develop a program from the bottom up instead of just the team really piqued our interest in what she’s capable of doing and what she wants to accomplish over the long term.”