Gibsonburg baseball coach Kyle Rase, in his 10th season as the Golden Bears’ head coach, led Gibsonburg (23-5, 8-4 TAAC) to the most wins in school history this season.
His 2012 squad held the previous record, with 21 victories. The Toledo Area Athletic Conference coaches named him Coach of the Year.
“Overall, we had an outstanding season,” Rase said. “I knew we could have a good season. We had good senior leaders, we had hitters returning and good pitching returning. We had the pieces of the puzzle, and for the most part it did click. Four of our losses were by a total of five runs.”
Rase said being named conference coach of the year was special.
“It was kind of neat, especially with the quality of coaches we have in the league,” he said. “I have great assistant coaches and great kids. I don’t look at it like a coach of the year award. It’s sort of a program of a year award. Without my assistant coaches and senior leaders…that’s what this award is about. These players were developed by a good jayvee coach.”
Katafias served as Rase’s varsity assistant coach, and Justin Edgell is the Bears’ jayvee coach.
“We had a great group of (six) seniors who were good role models,” Rase said. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do. There weren’t any off the field issues and they played hard and got along well together. That makes it a lot easier to coach.”
Rase also received votes from 10 area coaches and media members for Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year, but the lead vote-getter was Lake coach Greg Wilker, who got his 500th career victory during the season and led his team to the regional tournament.