PANAMA CITY, Fla- Bay High Principal Bill May confirmed Wednesday that Head Coach Freddie York has retired from coaching the Bay baseball team.
May says Freddie told the principal back in the Fall, this season would be his last at Bay. York put in his resignation after Bay lost in the district finals. Freddie coached three seasons, taking over after Christian McCarter resigned. He led the Tornadoes to 3 winning seasons, 14-13, 20-8 and 17-10 this past year.
The first two seasons York led the team into the playoffs as a district runner-up, both times falling in the first round. In fact May's already made the decision as to York's successor.
The incoming coach at Bay is Daniel Davidson, a '99 graduate of Mosley who went on to pitch at Gulf Coast and Florida State. Davidson drafted by the Angels in 2003, eventually making it up to the bigs in 2009.
"I've been waiting to do something like this for a long time. I've known since high school I wanted to coach at some point," Davidson said. "It's an opportunity now to get going with some young kids, our j.v. team was pretty young and our varsity team at the same time will be young. We graduated our whole infield, our catcher will be gone, so we'll have a lot of holes to fill, but it's fun and I'm excited and ready to get started."
Daniel was a volunteer assistant with Bay this past season.