Why he was chosen: Cumberland Valley Christian has not had the most successful program in recent years.
In his first two seasons as head coach , Keith Propst and the Blazers went 11-14.
That all changed this season.
Cumberland Valley Christian took a big step - if not a leap - forward while going 11-3 and reaching the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference championship game.
The wins were big, especially against conference opponents. Against MDCC opponents, the Blazers outscored their opponents 91-44 during the regular season. The biggest win of the season was a 20-4 win against Broadfording.
CVC beat Calvary Christian in the MDCC semifinals, 6-1. The Blazers faced Heritage, which they split the season series with, in the final and lost, 5-4.
On reaching the MDCC final: "This is the first year we made it to the final so it meant a lot," Propst said. "I thought last year we had a good shot but kids left the program. This year, I thought we'd have a decent year. We had good pitchers back. I always tell the kids, as long as you can turn back to the field when you're leaving and know you gave 100 percent, that's all I'm asking for. They did it this year. And when they do it, this is what you end up with."
On what made this team special: "I think they really bonded together this year," Propst said. "I've got some guys - Nathan Kearns was one - he wasn't the best at the plate, but he could catch anything in the field. I had 15
Season highlight: "I remember every kid that plays for me and everyone has a special place with me," Propst said. "Not everyone's going to be the best, especially when you have eighth-graders on your team. But I'll remember how they bonded. We practiced hard but we still joked around. Sometimes when it rained we'd go out in the outfield and play with the rubber ball like you're playing in the street with. But I'll look back and remember how well they played together."
Top game: "It would have to be the championship game," Propst said. "We were down and couldn't get runs in. Then A.J. Dawson hit a hard line drive down the line. The third baseman dove and caught the ball, got up, and tagged the bag. It was just one of those plays where he just happened to be hugging the line. But I had a great season with all the kids. All you can do is teach them and they have to play the game. And they did it, and very well. When they play the game well, it makes me look good."
Plenty of help: Propst said, "I have to thank my wife, Jennifer, who kept the stats for us, and my staff - assistants Ed McBeth and Drew Barnhart - were a really big help to me and the boys."
Name: Keith Propst
School: Cumberland Valley Christian
Highlights: Reached MDCC championship game
Career record: 22-17 (.564)
Family: Wife Jennifer, sons Tanner (17) and Spencer (13), and daughter Bridget (10).
Education: Graduated from Chambersburg in 1980. Played American Legion baseball for Fayetteville.