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County's next generation in baseball coaches steps up

March 21, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Two baseball coaches join the head ranks this season as Steve Myers takes over at North Hagerstown and Trey Cobb does the same at Smithsburg.

Myers takes over for Shawn Reynolds and Cobb takes over for Bill Fowkes.

Both are rookie head coaches. Both are 27 years old. However, both have been around baseball in Washington County in various forms.

Myers is a Smithsburg graduate and last year coached the North junior varsity team.

One of his mentors has been football coach Dan Cunningham, who has been involved with the Hagerstown Braves in summer baseball.

"I've worked with Dan for a long time and got a lot of help from him," said Myers. "There obviously have been good guys before me and I just want to get North baseball back up there.

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"Baseball is baseball," said Myers. "Now I just have the added stress of being in charge."

Cobb is a 2000 St. Maria Goretti graduate and went on to play at Hagerstown Community College and Salisbury University.

He returned to HCC and coached for four years under Scott Jennings and had the experience of being with the Hawks in the NJCAA Division I World Series last year in Grand Junction, Colo.

"It's an adjustment on both ends," said Cobb. "Me going to high school and the players getting use to a new coach."

A fourth-grade teacher, Cobb said the biggest difference in high school and college is judging when to hold back.

"I have to watch how much I expect and push them," said Cobb. "I'm blessed with a lot of guys that want to play in college."

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