Statesmen baseball team still needs manager

Former Manager Steve Mazzolla coaches third base during a 2009 game at Mehlville. (Photo from Athletic Department)

Matthias Simmons
Staff Writer

Webster’s baseball team, coming off a 4-21 season, is again without a head coach.

Steve Mazolla quit earlier this fall because of a long commute from Marquette.

The new coach Jim Herman, from Parkway West, was supposed to be the new man to try to make the Statesmen contenders.

Herman was also forced to resign because of family issues.

“He did it for the right reasons,” said senior Peter Fairbanks.

The team is now without a coach, and no one really knows what is to come.

“Right now, I just want a coach to come in and help us learn to field the ball, hit the ball and throw the ball. Maybe we’ll put together a few wins in the process,” said senior Caleb Cowin.

The Statesmen have put together consistent losing seasons ever since they were conference champions in 2008 under Mazolla.

Now, the team is looking for another replacement. Cowin had an interesting idea about the new coach.

“I think me as a possible player-coach would be good for the team. I can play. I can coach. That’s all we need,” he said.

The Statesmen have some key players returning but also need a coach to groom underclassmen for the future.

“I really thought he would be good for the team,” said junior Michael Gulve about Herman. “He seemed like a great guy and throughout the interview process I believed he was the man for the future.”

The Statesmen are still searching, and there is no favorite in sight. With the winter work-outs about to begin, players still wonder who their leader will be and if the team has a chance to compete this upcoming spring.

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