With the expected arrival of his first child, Dusty James has stepped down as the varsity baseball coach at Wilmington High School.
He told the Hurricane baseball players Friday afternoon of his decision.
“I wanted them to know that this was a very hard decision and that I came to my decision because I didn’t feel that I would be able to give enough focus to baseball with a new baby and wife (Katie James) at home at one of the most important times of the season,” said James, a 2007 WHS graduate.
WHS athletic director Troy Diels said he understands the decision and is looking to fill the position.
“We are disappointed to be losing coach James as our head baseball coach,” Diels said. “However we are excited for him and his wife, as they are expecting their first child in February.”
Anyone interested in the position should contact Diels via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James has a 26-14 record as the JV baseball coach at Wilmington and a 24-14 record as the varsity coach. He took over for Rick Kneisel.
James will remain an assistant coach for the WHS girls varsity baskeball team until the arrival of his son.
“I wanted to make it very clear that I had all intents and purpose to return this season,” he said. “This is a great group of kids that will give their all to the next head coach. I wish them nothing but the best this season and hope that I am able to make it to some games to watch these kids continue to grow.”
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