After three years at the helm of the Stanhope Elmore baseball program, the Mustangs have decided to part ways with coach Wes Dunsieth. Stanhope compiled an overall record of 39-64 during Dunsieth’s tenure while going 7-5 in area play.
“It was a privilege to be a coach at such a storied program,” Dunsieth said. “That’s a dream job for anyone in this profession.”
After winning 21 games in his first season, Dunsieth appeared to have the program headed back in the right direction but some struggles came in the final two years. Despite winning an area championship in 2018 and making the postseason in both years, the Mustangs were just 18-49 in the last two seasons.
“I know the win-loss record obviously was not where we wanted it to be,” Dunsieth said. “But I think we still did a lot of good things during my time here. We made the playoffs three times, we won the area once and we won 20 games for the first time in 10 years.”
Despite the up-and-down results on the field, Dunsieth helped make the Stanhope Elmore program into a hot spot for two-year and four-year colleges to recruit players for the next level. According to Dunsieth, the Mustangs had 12 athletes sign to play at the college level during his tenure and he expects more to be added to that list before next year.
“That is always one of my biggest goals,” Dunsieth said. “If that’s something they want, I tell them, ‘If you work hard for me, I’ll work hard to get you there.’ I called those college coaches all the time and we made whatever we could work.”
Stanhope has not decided on who the next coach will be but the Mustangs appear to have a bright future. There should be a big rise in talent around the area in the next few years and Stanhope is no stranger to it with a strong core of underclassmen.
“Right now, it’s all up in the air because everyone is waiting to see what happens,” Dunsieth said. “But whoever comes in here will have a load of talent to work with.”
Dunsieth said he is open to returning to coaching if the opportunity presents itself but his goal is to stay in or near Elmore County to pursue a job at the administration level.