Citing parental drama and lack of support, Lea Rains has stepped down as North Scott’s softball coach after three seasons.

Rains submitted her resignation to activities director Jason Schroeder last week. It was accepted at Monday night’s school board meeting.

"Dealing with parents is always a hassle," Rains said. "I enjoyed coaching the girls. They were great to work with, and I think next year will be a great year for North Scott.

"It is time to step away."

Rains understood the pressure and expectations of the position when she took over in 2014. She played at North Scott and was on the late Denny Johnson’s 1993 state championship squad.

The Lancers were 23-19 this past season and 65-57 in Rains’ tenure. They lost in the regional final once (1-0 to Fairfield in 2015) and regional semifinal twice, including a 3-1 eight-inning defeat this season to Burlington.

“We had a great year that first season from what Denny handed down, but then we graduated seven starting seniors and that affected the next year,” Rains said. “We had new pitchers and catchers. It was a tough year, and we lost a lot of games by one run.

“We lost only one senior from that team and had a ton coming back this year. We struggled in some games that we probably should have won, but we did have some key injuries to key players.”

Pitcher Kendal Newman missed time with injury.

The Lancers had three seniors in their starting lineup this year – Casey Lewis, Peyton Schneckloth and Erica Loussaert. They are expected to return their top two hitters next summer in Rachel Anderson (.413 average, 18 doubles, 35 RBIs) and Delaney Kilburg (.359 average, 4 HR, 21 RBIs).

"We appreciate the time and effort Lea put forth into our softball program as our coach," Schroeder said.

Dale Tuftee, an assistant to Rains, also resigned.

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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.