Portland coach Scott Steinbrecher has spent the last two seasons as softball assistant coach. He will take over for the retiring Vanessa Tomlinson as head coach starting in 2021.

Portland coach Scott Steinbrecher has spent the last three seasons with the softball program. He will take over for the departed Justin Martin and the baseball team beginning in 2022.

Portland’s do-it-all man Scott Steinbrecher has taken another challenge under his belt.

The former Portland East girls basketball coach, turned high school girls basketball coach and head softball coach has now taken over the baseball program.

“I am excited about the transition to the game that I know and love so well,” Steinbrecher said. “I want to continue what Justin Martin did; he left a good program and a good bunch of boys to work with; Martin worked hard on baseball, and we need to keep that momentum moving forward.”

Taniesha Tucker will take over the softball program, according to Steinbrecher.

“I know the softball program is in good hands,” he said. “I know she will continue to help push that program forward and am excited to watch her do so.”

Added Portland Principal David Woods via Twitter: “I’ve known coach Tucker for three years and have tried to get her at Portland in some capacity — it’s never worked out until now.”

Steinbrecher adds that his first order of business is creating the family atmosphere that makes his programs successful.

“We are going to keep it simple — we want to build good young men in our community,” he said. “As far as on the field, throw strikes, play great defense and prepare.”

The team and Steinbrecher have yet to meet as the hire took place over dead period officially.

After high school, Steinbrecher went on to play JUCO ball at Rend Lake College before pitching his final two years of eligibility at Austin Peay from 2002-2004.

“He is a Panther and excels with our student-athletes,” Athletic Director Jo Ann Keith said via Twitter.

The 2022 baseball season should be filled with expectations as the Panthers return a quality core from last year’s team that finished 14-18. The Panthers will enter new league play next year, saying goodbye to old District 9AAA rivals while welcoming in new foes: Creek Wood, Greenbrier, Montgomery Central and White House.

This breaking news story originally ran in the July 20 edition of the Portland Sun and has since been edited to reflect comments from Portland Principal David Woods and Athletic Director Jo Ann Keith.