Jamie Richardson, who was the head coach at G-A for 10 years, recently resigned his position to be able to devote more time to his young family.
"It was a tough call, because I love that program," Richardson said. "But the big thing is, I have 6-year-old son (Joe) and a 4-year-old daughter (Lauren) who are getting involved in sports and it's important for me to be around. I have to take some time to get involved with what they're doing."
Greencastle athletic director Vicki Ritchey said, "He and his staff did a fantastic job with the program and took it to a level it hadn't been before. His will be big shoes to fill."
Richardson's highlight, of course, was the 2009 PIAA Class AA state championship won by the Blue Devils with a 1-0, nine-inning victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
"The thing about that was that we'd had some heartbreak for years before that," Richardson said. "For three straight years we were knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual state champion."
But winning the title at Shippensburg University's Robb Field in front of a big G-A crowd more than made up for that.
Other than the state crown, it won't be the .767 winning percentage he had (191 wins, 58 losses), or the two District 3 championships, or the seven division titles G-A won that Richardson will remember most.
It will be the relationships.
"I was blessed to have some awesome athletes on our teams, and the girls bought into the program," Richardson said. "I'll miss the competition, but the hardest thing I'll miss is the relationships you build. I've been to see some of the girls play in college and I've been to some of their weddings. It's been fun."
The interesting thing about Richardson's time at the Blue Devils' helm is that he and his wife Deborah live in Mechanicsburg and he teaches in Shippensburg.
"I'd drive down to Shippensburg to teach, then drive to Greencastle to coach, then drive 55 minutes back to Mechanicsburg," he said. "Thank goodness when we had games up this way, the bus would stop at Exit 29 and pick me up so I wouldn't have to drive down to Greencastle and then back after the game. Vicki was good about that."
Because of the extensive travel, Richardson said some people were surprised he did it for as long as he did.
"Since we had our first kid in 2006, Vicki said the rumor mill had me leaving every year since then," he said. "But Greencastle was a great place to coach - Vicki, the principal and superintendent and my amazing staff were all great. And the community there is wonderful. I wouldn't want to coach anywhere else."
In addition to losing the head coach, assistant Doug Main and JV coach Tom Brown have also resigned.
Ritchey said, "We want to find somebody who is the right fit for the program and somebody who will continue to build the program. I would think the position will get some interest. We've had some applications in already."
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamie Richardson recently resigned as head softball coach at Greencastle-Antrim. Here are some numbers generated by his teams:
10: years as head coach at G-A
.767: winning percentage
191-58: career record
1: PIAA state titles won
4: PIAA tournament berths
2: District 3 titles won
4: Mid Penn titles won
7: Mid Penn division titles won