Jordan Flake has been named to coach the Philadelphia Lady Tornado fast-pitch softball team for the spring season.

Flake, who has coached softball at the school for six years, became the head coach last year. His team made it to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state playoffs.

After the season, Flake announced he would not coach this year so he could spend more time with his family and church. But the position became open. Last week, Principal Michael Tardy asked Flake to return for the fast-pitch season.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss it during the slow-pitch season in the fall,” Flake said. “When they asked me if I would do it this spring, I said yes. These girls are like my family. I’m ready to start working with them to get us back where we need to be.”

Flake said he would immediately begin working with the team during fifth period. They begin practice for the upcoming season in the next few weeks.

“We are going to open with classic games on Feb. 24,” Flake said. “We only have11 girls to work with right now, the rest are in basketball. So we will skip playing in a jamboree this year.”

Last year, the Lady Tornadoes finished 18-9 and made it to the third round of the playoffs before being eliminated by St. Patrick.