LAURINBURG — After three seasons at the reins of the Scotland baseball program, head coach Jamie Coleman has stepped down.
Scotland athletic director Richard Bailey confirmed Coleman’s resignation Monday, saying that Coleman informed him of his decision to leave his post Thursday. In addition to stepping down as the baseball coach, Coleman will also no longer serve as an assistant defensive coach with the football team.
“We appreciate everything that he did for our program and we wish him nothing but the best,” Bailey said. “I’m sure he’s going to land on his feet somewhere and he’ll do a great job coaching baseball and football wherever he goes. He’s been a valued member of our coaching staff and faculty.”
Scotland County Schools posted the job opening on its website Friday.
Coleman’s departure occurs more than two weeks after he guided the Scots to a first-round appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.
The Scots compiled its best winning percentage during Coleman’s tenure this season, finishing 11-8. The team was third in the Southeastern Conference regular season standings, garning one of the league’s automatic berths into the playoffs.
Scotland led Garner Magnet, its first-round opponent, 4-0. The Trojans scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and three in the seventh to record the 5-4 comeback win.
Scotland’s next hire will be its third in 22 years — former athletic director Tommy Britt, who passed away last May, took over in 1993 before leaving his post as head baseball coach in 2012 to focus on his athletic director responsibilities. The school then tabbed Coleman as Britt’s successor.
Coleman guided the Scots to two playoff appearances in three years, qualifying for the postseason in 2013 as well as this season.
Bailey mentioned around 10 applicants have already submitted their resumes since the job opening was posted online last week.
“We’re going to give the next couple of weeks to gather applications and then we’ll create a list from that to interview and hopefully find a great fit for Scotland County,” he said. “We’re going to scour the United States to see if we can find a baseball coach that we think will do a great job for our community and one that will continue to build a strong program and continue the success our program has had.”
Bailey lamented that he will miss Coleman’s presence on the football staff, saying he was a “daggone good football coach.” He said the program will look to hire from within to replace the now-departed assistant.
As for its baseball opening, Bailey and the rest of the administration is placing an emphasis on hiring a candidate who is a strong family man that can easily relate to the players.
“We want somebody that’s a obviously a strong baseball coach, but we also want somebody that’s going to be strong in the community and reach out to our youth programs and continue to be committed to building upon the success that we’ve had … to continue to build that bridge from the tee-ball leagues up to high school.”
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