Over the past two years, Tecumseh and coach Gordon Wood have proven they are still hard to beat even when they are forced to move up a class. After winning the Class A championship a couple of years ago, the third in school history, IHSAA moved Tecumseh up a class to 2A due to its success factor.

Fast forward to 2019 and there the Braves are playing in Lafayette for the 2A state championship.

The Indiana Coaches of Girls Softball Association recognized this and named Wood its coach of the year.

"You get awards like this because you have had great hard working young ladies and assistant coaches not one year but over 13 years," Wood said.

Tecumseh finished the season with a 26-4 record and ranked tied for first in the final ICGSA poll with the team that eventually beat them in the championship game Bremen. Wood also won his 300th win of his career this season in the Braves regional win against Southridge.

The Braves were able to accomplish this with three freshman in the starting lineup.

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Wood also coached the South All Stars in the state's annual North/South game. The game was played at Indiana University.

"The All Star game was amazing at the IU complex," Wood said. "The 40 best senior players in the state. It was a blast. Pretty cool to coach at Purdue's stadium and IU's stadium in a two week period."

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