HAGERSTOWN — A new coaching rivalry will develop next spring when the high school baseball season begins.
When North Hagerstown faces Smithsburg, the exchange of lineup cards at home plate should make for some interesting conversation.
That’s because Drew Crawford has been named North’s new baseball coach, succeeding Steve Myers, after spending three years under Trey Cobb as Smithsburg.
“I felt ready to take the next step and take over a program,” said Crawford, who teaches seventh-grade math at Northern Middle School. “I’m indebted to (Trey) and the impact he has had on me on and off the field.”
Crawford, 25, is a Smithsburg and Shenandoah University graduate with baseball in his veins.
“There is a rich heritage of baseball at North,” said Crawford. “There has been a lot of success.”
And the cupboard won’t be bare for Crawford, who will begin his tenure with J.T. Root, Ben Bushong, Charles Cvijanovich and Andrew Yacyk returning to the roster.
Most recently, North won the 2010 Maryland Class 2A state championship under Myers.
Myers, who will remain in coaching as an assistant in football, stepped aside to spend more time with his family after compiling a 37-23 record in three seasons.
“It’s a tough decision to leave, but football is my first love,” said Myers. “My oldest (of two children) will be going into T-ball and I want to be there. I’d like to think I did the best I could. I put every ounce of my heart into it.”