Just call her coach. Megan Till will coach softball and basketball as well as teach physical education at Prairie View during the upcoming school year.
Megan Till signed up to coach one sport, now she's coaching two. A couple of months after accepting Prairie View's softball job, Till was recently hired as the Lady Spartans' basketball coach.
Although both programs are in a rebuilding mode, the future looks promising as the majority of the school's female varsity athletes are freshmen or younger.
Prairie View's softball roster has one junior and one sophomore, with the remainder freshmen or below.
Till has no prior experience at the high school level, but has coached travel softball. Six years as a hitting instructor at 6-4-3 Hitting Academy in Monroe eventually led her to Prairie View.
"My hitting lessons afforded me the opportunity to connect with the right people," said Till, who instructed most of the current Lady Spartans at the hitting school. "They were looking for someone to build the program around. I am really honored and humbled that they chose me, and I am going to do my best to get the program to where it needs to be."
Prairie View began its preseason conditioning in the fall, took two weeks off and held its first official practice Monday. The Lady Spartans open the season Friday, July 28 in the Riverfield Tournament.
Till inherits a young, but seasoned squad.
"We are very, very young," Till said. "They got a lot of experience on the varsity level last year, and a lot of them play travel ball. The talent is there to learn, grow and develop. Hopefully, in the next three to four years, the program will be where we want it to be. Undoubtedly, this year is a build. It's going to be a learning experience for myself and the kids."
After sharing a field with the baseball team for the past several years, the Lady Spartans will soon have their own field.
"I don't know if it's going to be ready in time for our first home game, but we're hoping to have it ready in time for our tournament, August 12th," Till said.
Along with her coaching duties, Till will teach P.E.
"I have always wanted to coach without having to teach science or history, and sit in the classroom," Till said.
Along with coaching travel ball and teaching hitting lessons, Till has also been involved in sports as a strength and conditioning coach at St. Frederick and a rec basketball coach.
Till holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a master's in sports performance, both from Louisiana Tech.
"As a kid, people always asked, 'What are you going to do with your life?' I always said I was going to be a physical therapist," Till recalled. "In college, I really took to exercise science, which is why I decided to go ahead and get my master's in sports performance."
Even though she didn't plan it that way, Till doesn't seem too surprised that her career path has led to the coaching profession.
"I've always loved sports, and I love my kids," Till said. "I love trying to get kids to believe there is something better to do than all the other hogwash that's out there. Instead of channeling their energy into social media and stuff like that, I try to get them to channel their energy toward sports. I am going to try to make a difference, even if it's just with the kids around here. I want them to love the sport like I did — and still do."
Till is a 2004 graduate of Franklin Academy in Winnsboro where she was a two-sport standout. A four-year starter in basketball, Till was the Lady Cougars' leading scorer during her final two seasons. In softball, she earned All-State honors at three different positions — catcher, left field and center field.