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Barrow resigns from Heritage

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White House Heritage head coach Leslie Barrow addresses her defense before they take the field against Cascade in the sectional round of the 2016 TSSAA playoffs. ZACH WOMBLE

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WHITE HOUSE - After eight years, Leslie Barrow has resigned from her teaching and coaching position at White House Heritage. She has accepted an assistant principal position at Coopertown Middle School, starting this fall.

"It was the toughest decision of my life so far," Barrow said. "Most people would think that is ridiculous, but I love the sport and those kids. To walk away from it, and walk away from a school and a community as good as Heritage, was tough."

Robertson County does not allow administrators to accept a coaching position.

After spending two years as the middle school coach, Barrow took over the high school position in 2012. Since then, she has coached the Lady Patriots to six-straight winning seasons, four district championships and one region championship.

Most of her success came in the past three seasons; the Lady Patriots earned three-consecutive district championships from 2015-17. In 2016, Barrow coached the Lady Pats to district and region championships, ending their season as state runner-ups.

Coming from the loser's bracket, the Lady Patriots forced a second game in the state championship, but ultimately fell to CAK, who also won it in 2017.

Under her reign, three Heritage players earned college softball scholarships, while a few of her upcoming seniors have already verbally committed as well. Her coaching record at Heritage is 164-57-1.

"While I will miss my Heritage family, I am excited to join the Coopertown community," Barrow added. "I look forward to working with Mrs. Batson, the teachers, staff, and all stakeholders to ensure that student success is our first priority."

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