baseball coach Dean Myers steps down
Dean Myers resigned as the Trojans baseball coach on Friday morning, choosing
to step down rather than extend a dispute.
Nobody forced me out,
Myers said. I went out on my terms and the kids can get the support they
need from the administration and the staff.
Myers said he had been upset
over an issue at the teams new field at the high school. There was confusion
over whether it would be playable for a game that was ultimately postponed at
the end of last weeks rainy spell.
With he and his staff leaving their
day jobs early to get to the game on time, Myers said he texted (his) displeasure
that he had been told the field was ready before the game was called off instead.
said he spoke with district superintendent Ronald Grevera on Friday and was asked
to write a letter of apology for his reaction. He declined.
Myers said there
was no assurance that he would be the coach for the program in the long term and
that he did not want to be a distraction for the players.
in the way of getting what they need, then its best for me to go,
Myers said. I love those kids. When adults cant see eye-to-eye, it
shouldnt affect the kids. They shouldnt wonder who their coach is
going to be.
Once it starts to affect the players, I just said, Forget
The rest of Myers staff, including long-time area coaches
Joe Yudichak and Kevin Ward, remained with the team, which played later in the
day at Northwest. Myers said he encouraged all of his assistants to stay on.
staff does a great job, Myers said. Really, they did all of the work.
has been with the program for several years and has also been the head coach of
the successful Nanticoke legion squad, which won the Wyoming Valley title last
summer and reached the state tournament.
Nanticoke improved in the five-plus
years Myers and his coaches were together, particularly after the program was
reclassified as 2A and began play in Division 3 of the Wyoming Valley Conference.
The Trojans went 25-13 in the last three seasons, finishing second in the division
the last two years.
Last spring, Nanticoke knocked off defending champion Lakeland
in the District 2 Class 2A tournament before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual
But the Trojans had opened the 2016 season 1-3 in league play,
losing three straight before Friday.
Nanticoke scored twice in the top of the
first on Friday against Northwest but gave up seven in the second and lost 7-2.
The Trojans will get another crack at the Rangers on Monday at home.
resigns as Nanticoke baseball coach
Steve Bennett - Citizens Voice
philosophical differences between himself and administration within the Nanticoke
Area School District, Trojans baseball coach Dean Myers resigned Friday morning.
Yudichak, an assistant coach with the team, was immiediately named interim head
coach for the remainder of the season. The teams other assistants, Kevin
Ward and John Ivan, also remained with the program.
Myers was in the middle
of his sixth season with the Trojans, and the team was off to a 1-3 start at the
time Myers resigned.
Yudichak is also the manager for the Nanticoke American
Legion baseball team and has been with the program for 10 years, spending the
last five as an assistant coach under Myers.
Anybody that knows me understands
that I am not about the wins and losses, Myers said. It is about how
the players conduct themselves. I love to watch baseball. I love to see good plays,
whether they are from my team or the other one.
Yudichak led the Nanticoke
legion team to a league and Region 5 championship last summer. That earned the
team a trip to the state tournament, where it finished third.
I am familiar
with the guys. The reason I stayed on through this is because of the kids,
Yudichak said. Just going to try and keep the program going.
Area School District superintendent Dr. Ronald Grevera did not return a message
left Friday afternoon seeking comment.
Head coach: Dean Myers
back: Finished 10-7. Lost to Montrose, 12-2, in the district semifinals.
to watch: Kyle Pokrinchak, Steve Kreitzer, Alec Norton, Matt Labenski, Nick Bukofski,
What to watch for: The Trojans are
going to be a young team that is going to need to catch the ball, and have its
staff throw strikes to be competitive. Pokrinchak, a junior, will be entering
his third year as a starter and is coming off a season where he went 5-1 with
a 2.17 ERA. Four-year starter Steve Kreitzer covers a lot of ground in the outfield,
while Norton returns at third base. Pokrinchak led the team in hitting with a
.400 average. Labenski was second at .326, while Norton hit .313 and led the team
in RBIs with 14. When Pokrinchak is on, the Trojans will have a chance. May take
a while for the younger players to figure things out.
WVC Record/Finish: 8-6, Second place; Lost in district semifinals
Coach: Dean Myers
field: High school, Kosciuszko Street, NanticokeOutlook:
The Trojans made a statement in the postseason last year by knocking off two-time
district champ Lakeland before falling to eventual winner Montrose in the semis.
Leading the charge this season will be Kyle Pokrinchak, who is coming off a strong
2015 at the plate as well as on the mound to establish himself as one of the leagues
top players. Fellow pitchers Joe Olszyk and Josh Benscoter have graduated, but
hitters like Alec Norton, Steve Kreitzer and Matt Labenski return. After spending
the past few seasons playing in Honey Pot, Nanticoke will be back at the high
school this spring as the team looks to challenge for a division title once again.