Panama City, FL---Late Thursday night, athletic director Vern Barth told NewsChannel 7 Sports that former assistant, interim coach, and Bay High alum Andrew Starr is now the full time head baseball coach.
He inherits a group of players that finished the 2014 campaign with a 12-15 record, and has spent the last three years with his alma matter as an assistant under former head coach Daniel Davidson, who was let go last month.
The hometown kid, Starr now gets the keys to the squad he played for from 2003-2005.
"The opportunity to coach at the longest continuously run school in the state of Florida and my alma matter, it's just humbling," said Starr. "And I just want to get the excitement back to Bay high that it was when I went to school. It's just the chance of a lifetime. It's a dream job. I'm just very thankful for Mr. (Principal Billy) May giving me the opportunity."
Starr, class of 2005, was named the interim coach immediately following the positions opening, knowing that his audition to be the guy in the dugout began right there.
"Well for me, it was a chance to showcase and was humbled by the thought of just being the interim coach and we didn't miss a beat. I don't believe in pressure, I believe in opportunity. So it was just my chance to keep going."
Starr's staff has already been set, featuring all fellow Bay alums including new pitching coach, 10 year MLB vet, and Buck Commander star Tombo Martin. Former FSU wide Receiver Bert Reed will take over as the strength and conditioning coach, and two-time all state Alabama Juco player Reid Wynn will be the catching and infield specialist.