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Katrosh Stepping Down as Baseball Coach

4/4/2011

John Katrosh, who has led the Williams Baptist College baseball team for the past 12 seasons, is stepping down. The Eagles’ coach has announced to the college and his team that this will be his last year in the Williams dugout.

"John has improved the Williams baseball program on a number of fronts. He brought stability to this team, and his extraordinary work ethic has moved the program forward," said Williams President Jerol Swaim. "Among his lasting legacies will be the many improvements made to Shell Field under his leadership, as well as the integrity he instilled in his players."

For his part, the coach said it was not any easy decision for him and his wife, Judy, to leave Williams after a dozen years, and he noted there are many aspects of their work at WBC that they will miss.

"We have been blessed by the many young student/athletes that have been a part of our lives, and by seeing them graduate and become productive citizens. We have had the privilege of cultivating solid young coaches with a commitment to integrity and teaching the game in a positive manner. And we have loved working hand in hand with fellow faculty and staff to make WBC the caring, Christian higher educational environment that we are called to deliver to our students," Katrosh noted.

Judy Katrosh, who has worked with student teachers in the Williams health and physical education program, is also leaving.

The coach said they are still determining what they will do next. "The Lord moved us here for this challenge, and now Judy and I have been impressed that He is moving us again. We are not yet sure where or why, but God is always faithful and we trust in Him."

Williams Athletic Director Jeff Rider voiced his appreciation for the Katroshes and their work with the college.

"John and Judy have set a great example for the rest of us with their tireless work, their commitment to build our baseball program and their deep Christian faith. We respect their decision to move on to the next chapter of their lives, but they leave having made a very positive impact here," Rider said.

The athletic director noted that WBC had been notified only recently of Katrosh’s decision and is still organizing its search for his replacement.

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