Indians baseball coach Brooks resignsPublished 5:00am Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wetumpka baseball coach Russ Brooks resigned his position Tuesday, according to WHS athletic director Tim Perry.
After two seasons as head coach of the Indians, Brooks, a husband and father of three small children, decided to spend more time with his family.
“Russ, (Wetumpka High School Principal Cindy) Veazey and I have had conversations,” Perry said Tuesday night. “He felt like, with small children at home and the time demands of being a head coach of any sport–time commitment to do the job correctly–he needed to be at home. Russ is very passionate about what he does, but he made a decision we support to spend more time with his family. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision on his part.”
The Tribe finished the 2014 season third in the Class 6A, Area 7 standings with an overall 12-18 record and two runs shy of making the playoffs. Perry said the school’s athletic department is grateful for Brooks’s leadership and influence on his players during his short stint.
“We’re extremely grateful for all of Coach Brooks’s hard work and his leadership in the direction in which he has taken the baseball program over his relatively short tenure,” Perry said. “Russ was an extremely hard worker and very passionate about what he does. That was evident by the way he directed the baseball team. We are indebted to him, not just in wins and losses, but the way his players competed and conducted themselves.”
Perry said the search for a replacement has already begun, with preliminary decisions with already taken place. But Perry said that he and Veazey have not set a timetable to find the new coach.
“We are going to take our time. Mrs. Veazey and I want to involve other people in the selection process–people close to the baseball program,” Perry said. “But there’s no hurry-up or rush, not a timetable set. We will take our time to get the best possible candidate because we want continue the tradition of outstanding Wetumpka baseball.”