By Josh Peterson, editor
The Manchester Times has learned that Central High School head baseball coach Brent Whitlock will step down as head coach at the end of this season.
Whitlock told the team Thursday morning after turning in his resignation to school administration earlier this week.
The Raiders are fresh off a two-game series sweep of Franklin County in district play and have hovered around a .500 overall record for most of the regular season.
Whitlock was not immediately available for comment. CHS principal Joey Vaughn said Whitlock plans to spend more time with his family.
“I Appreciate the work that coach Whitlock has done,” said Vaughn. “He wants to spend more time with his family and family always comes first. We are a family here at the high school. I wish him continued success. We will finish out this season and begin the process of looking for the next head coach for Red Raider baseball.”
This is only Whitlock’s second season as head coach of the program. He followed Chase Jones, who was at the helm of the program for 11 years.
The baseball team has a recent history of strong teams, having won district championships in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 over the past 15 years. The team also won a region championship and reached the TSSAA State Tournament in 2010.
Vaughn said the search for a replacement will begin as soon as the season concludes.
Whitlock sent an email to player parents Thursday morning to inform them of his decision.
“This is a decision that has taken place over the past few months,” the email reads. “I went to administration to speak with them about the move prior to spring break. We met again the beginning of this week. I confirmed with them that my desire is to teach at the [soon to open] freshman academy.
“This decision has been made after much prayer, thought and consideration. I have devoted a lot of time and energy into my coaching career the past 15 years. Bridget and the kids have also devoted themselves to all of my teams. As all of you know, kids grow up fast, and I am ready to see mine grow and take a more active roll in their lives.”
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