Ballard High School introduced their first fastpitch program in 1995. The next few years would prove to be challenging with coaching turnovers along with poor field conditions such as drainage problems and no lights for late practices or games.
In 1999, all that changed as current head coach Alan Jones took over the program, and put the state on notice that Ballard softball was here to stay. Coach Jones has turned Ballard Fastpitch into one of the top powerhouse high school softball programs in the state of Kentucky and the nation. Coach Jones prides himself on operating his program like a small college. The girls have a top notch indoor hitting facility, as well as a beautifully manicured softball diamond. The girls have access to the best equipment and one of the most experienced coaching staffs available, including trainers and a sports psychologist.
Jones and his Ballard softball team reached the pinnacle in 2022 when his Bruins captured the Kentucky High School Softball Championship and completed an undefeated, 39-0 season -- only the third in Kentucky state history that a team remained unscathed for the season.
Jones also takes pride in his players’ accomplishments beyond high school. “Watching a kid develop, and seeing them go on and have a great future is the best thing about coaching these kids,” said Jones.
Today, Jones sits atop the KHSAA record books as the winningest high school softball coach in Kentucky state history.