Two new coaches step up to plate in City League
In the past decade, Clay and Waite baseball have never been shy about trying to compete for a Toledo City League championship.
Under former coaches Danny Clayton (Waite) and Karl Knierim (Clay), one always believed that a title was possible. But now there are new coaches at both CL schools, and one of them, Garry Isbell, has to defend a championship at Clay in his first season.
At Waite now is one of Clayton’s prodigies. Clayton once called new coach David Quiroga one of the best high school catchers in Northwest Ohio. After a stellar career at Ashland University, Quiroga returned to his alma mater as an assistant, and became head coach this season.
Quiroga was a first-team all-league and all-district performer as a senior, when he was named the CL Co-Player of the Year.
Quiroga helped Waite win the CL title his junior year, in 2002, and take second place to St. Francis de Sales in 2003.
Quiroga was hired in mid-December. Clayton, who returned from an earlier stint to guide Waite the past two years, resigned. Quiroga said the reasons for wanting to become the Indians’ next coach were simple.
“I’ve been an east-sider my whole life,” he said. “I always took a lot of pride in Waite High School. I tried to make it out to as many Waite sporting events as I could when I was in school, and I still do now. I’ve always been a sports guy.