Jerry Ashe has been associated with the Mercy High School softball program in some coaching capacity for the past 22 years, but never as a head coach.
That changes this year.
Ashe, who was officially given the job in January, takes over the program from Alec Lesko, who coached the Marlins to their only state championship in 2016. This marks Ashe's first job as a high school varsity head coach.
"It's a totally different animal," said Ashe, a 1971 Detroit Catholic Central graduate. "It's a challenge, especially taking over for Alec, because he's so knowledgeable and that kind of thing, but I'm welcoming the challenge.