Nanticoke baseball coach Dean Myers steps down

Nanticoke’s 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 team’s 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 week’s 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.
Myers 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.
“If I’m in the way of getting what they need, then it’s best for me to go,” Myers said. “I love those kids. When adults can’t see eye-to-eye, it shouldn’t affect the kids. They shouldn’t wonder who their coach is going to be.
“Once it starts to affect the players, I just said, ‘Forget it.’ “
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.
“The staff does a great job,” Myers said. “Really, they did all of the work.”
Yudichak 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 winner Montrose.
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.

Myers resigns as Nanticoke baseball coach
Steve Bennett - Citizens Voice

Citing philosophical differences between himself and administration within the Nanticoke Area School District, Trojans baseball coach Dean Myers resigned Friday morning.
Joe Yudichak, an assistant coach with the team, was immiediately named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. The team’s 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.”
Nanticoke Area School District superintendent Dr. Ronald Grevera did not return a message left Friday afternoon seeking comment.

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Nanticoke Area

Classification: AA

Head coach: Dean Myers

Looking back: Finished 10-7. Lost to Montrose, 12-2, in the district semifinals.

Players to watch: Kyle Pokrinchak, Steve Kreitzer, Alec Norton, Matt Labenski, Nick Bukofski, Kris Rynkiewicz.

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.

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2015 WVC Record/Finish: 8-6, Second place; Lost in district semifinals

State classification: 2A

Coach: Dean Myers

Home field: High school, Kosciuszko Street, Nanticoke

Outlook: 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 league’s 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.