A program which has struggled to find its footing since its inception was dealt another hard punch to the gut last week when its head coach resigned.
Apalachee High School baseball coach Clint Harrison stepped down after only two seasons directing the program to become an assistant coach at Kennesaw State University.
The timing of the decision, more than anything else, will put AHS officials behind the proverbial eight-ball in trying to find a new head baseball coach as the new school year begins in less than a month. Harrison was also an assistant softball coach at Apalachee.
The Wildcat baseball program has not managed to qualify for the state playoffs in school history and has struggled to even have a season where it finishes above the .500 mark. Competing in its current region has been tough with long-time successful programs such as Gainesville, Loganville and even cross county program Winder-Barrow. AHS is set for a revamped region and classification next season, however.
Harrison’s hiring two years ago raised some eyebrows mainly due to his age as he was just 26 at the time taking over a Class AAAAA program as a first-time varsity head coach. He would compile a 13-37 record in two years as head coach.
Harrison replaced long-time coach Mike Cavey who long expressed concerns over a lack of facilities at AHS when compared to those with other region programs, including WBHS.