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Sellers decides now is time to step down

January 27, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

There are certain elements to coaching that are instinctive - elements such as what buttons to push to motivate a player, or when to call the hit-and-run or the suicide squeeze.

To be sure, Chris Sellers' instincts on the baseball field were pretty good, as the Greencastle manager proved with 194 wins and a trip to the PIAA Class AA championship game in 2000.

Now, Sellers' instincts are telling him it's time to let someone else sail the Blue Devils' ship.

"There wasn't any one major reason," Sellers said when asked why he chose to hand in his resignation, "just a culmination of a lot of different reasons. A lot of good times and memories, but all good things have got to end. ... I don't have any regrets, I'm going out when I want to, and it's time for somebody else to have that fun."

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Sellers said a major reason for his resignation is to give him the time to see his two sons - Brett, a sophomore at James Madison University, and Cole, who plays in the Hagerstown PONY League - play ball.

"As you get older, you don't want to juggle as many things," Chris Sellers said. "I knew if (Brett) ended up at JMU, that would push me over the top because he's a little closer to home and I'd have the chance to see him play. ... The big hurdle is being there for my sons."

Sellers said it won't be any of the wins or playoff runs that he most fondly remembers, but the players he coached and mentored - including son Brett.

"I think the way him and I grew, both of us grew through those experiences and those will be some of my proudest moments, and how he's turned out," Chris Sellers said. "Some of the proudest things for any high school coach is the kids that come up to you later in life and tell you they're getting married or having a baby. It's the relationships as a whole that makes you proud."

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