Kevin Schiavone said the new varsity baseball coach at Annapolis High will face several challenges, including the need for a strong feeder system and the need for enough players to contend with county teams such as Severna Park, the 2010 state champs, and traditional power Arundel.
Schiavone, after nine years as coach at Annapolis, told Patch this week that he turned in his resignation on Monday. Before coming to the school, where he was an assistant football coach, Schiavone was an American Legion baseball coach with a team in Severna Park.
He turned his resignation to Dave Gehrdes, the Annapolis High athletic director.
"Our depth is not near like the other teams," Schiavone said. "We have to keep some players that won't make other teams. We also lose a lot of guys to private schools" such as Spalding, St. Mary's and DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville.
Schiavone said he knows of a U-14 travel team that has several residents of the Annapolis High district.
"We will probably get two or 3 of them," said Schiavone, who said he plans to remain at Annapolis as a special-education teacher and academic adviser.
He said he had 15 players on the team to start the season, but lost three to academic problems and three more to injuries. The coach brought up players from the junior varsity to fill out the roster and the JV team was not able to play its last two regular-season games.
Daryl Reid, the JV head coach, also resigned, Gehrdes said.
"Dave was very supportive," said Schiavone. "He understands the frustrations that I had."
The coach said the best record he posted was 8-10 a few years ago.
"I need a break. It takes a lot of time," Schiavone said.
He has two children under the age of 10, but did not rule out coaching high school baseball at some point.
Schiavone said one of the highlights of his tenure was when Annapolis set a state record with five double plays in a seven-inning win against Arundel a few years ago. The Panthers did not beat Severna Park during the tenure of Schiavone.
Gehrdes told Patch on Thursday the position will be advertised for at least two weeks, but he has no timetable on when the baseball job will be filled.
The only spring team at Annapolis still in season is the boys and girls tracks.
The Panthers are slated to compete Saturday in the regionals at Chesapeake High. The two-day event was slated to begin on Thursday.
Annapolis High is hosting the boys and girls 3A-2A regionals on Friday and Saturday. There are games at 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday and at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. There are no Annapolis High teams in the event.
St. Mary's aims for title
The boys golf team at St. Mary's will aim for its first league title since 1998 when the Saints play on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Cave Valley in the MIAA B league championship.
Long-time St. Mary's coach Bob Fretwell told Patch on Thursday his team took part in five championship events in a row ending in 1998. His team won Wednesday, 16.5-4.5, against Annapolis Area Christian in the semifinals.
Fretwell did not know on Thursday what team the Saints would face on Saturday.
Annapolis resident with No. 1 team
Annapolis resident Mitch Meredith, who played at Archbishop Spalding, is on the roster of the Division III men's lacrosse team at Salisbury University. Meredith is a reserve sophomore goalie for the team, which won at home Wednesday against Dickinson of Carlisle, PA, in the national tournament.
Salisbury is ranked No. 1 in the nation and will host Roanoke (VA) College on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the national semifinals.