Each May, you usually can find Rudy Ochoa coaching the Othello High School softball team deep into the postseason.
The Huskies have reached the state tournament 15 of the past 16 years, with titles in 1999, 2002 and 2008.
This spring, Ochoa, 60, will try to steer his team back to the Class 2A state tournament in Selah, though the Washington State Softball Coaches Association Hall of Famer acknowledges it could be a challenge with three returning starters.
"We're going to be young," said Ochoa, who entered the Hall of Fame last Sunday. "It's probably a good year to get this (honor)."
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But if anyone can get the Huskies on a winning track, it's Ochoa, who owns a 357-66 career record at Othello.
He has a knack for inspiring others, including sons Adrian and Rudy Jr., and his daughters, Ciria and Cynthia. They certainly inherited his love of coaching.
Adrian is in his second season as head coach of the Columbia Basin College softball team, and Rudy coaches wrestling at Othello. Ciria is a pitching coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and Cynthia recently moved back from North Carolina and is teaching private softball lessons.
Ochoa's family was present at SeaTac's 13 Coins Restaurant when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame with longtime Zillah coach Dan Robillard.
Before last weekend, Adrian Ochoa had never missed a game as a college coach, but he handed the reins to CBC assistant Alex Cuello for last Sunday's doubleheader against three-time defending NWAACC champion Mt. Hood so he could witness his father's moment in the spotlight.
"He's been my biggest fan and biggest supporter, and I want to express that to him as well," Adrian Ochoa said before his father's induction. "I wouldn't be coaching at the collegiate level without him."
* Walla Walla's Jerry Humphreys, who guided the Blue Devils to their first state title, was named a Coach of the Year with Colton's Brad Nilson and Kelso's Dean Sorensen and Mike McMahon.
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