Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

June 18, 2014

Rawlins steps down as Locust Grove baseball coach

LOCUST GROVE — Former Locust Grove head baseball coach Skyler Rawlins tendered his resignation to the school board Friday after one season at the helm.

“He took a job in Missouri to be closer to home,” Locust Grove Athletic Director Justin Brown said.

Rawlins’ departure means the school has just two boys head coaches — third-year football coach Matt Hennesy and track coach Ladney Keener — remaining from the 2013-14 school year. The school dismissed head wrestling coach Johnny Cook and head basketball coach Ronnie Maple in April, as well as cheerleading coach Amy Brown.

Rawlins went 7-21 in his only season coaching the Pirates, including a fourth-place finish at the Salina Invitational Tournament.

Rawlins was also set to replace Kenny Helton as the head softball coach in the fall.

The school has had a revolving door at the head baseball coaching position since 2011, when the Pirates won their first and only state championship in the sport. The sudden opening means the school must hire its third coach in four years.

“We’ve got parents that are helping out a lot,” Justin Brown said. “Right now, we’re really trying hard to get someone in.”

School board president and former head baseball coach Rick Condit joined Rawlins’ coaching staff part-time during the latter half of the 2014 season.

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