After five years at the helm, four league titles, two CIF-Southern Section finals appearances and one CIF Division 5 title, Maranatha’s Brian DeHaan announced his resignation as the Minutemen baseball coach.
DeHaan in his first season at the helm drastically improved the Minutemen by winning 15 games. He led Maranatha to the second round of the playoffs his second season and won 18 games, the Delphic League title and made a finals appearance his third season. Maranatha’s most successful season came in his fourth season, when Maranatha had the most wins (26) in program history, won the league title and the Division 5 championship with Dylan Covey leading the way on the mound.
DeHaan compiled a 93-52-2 record, including a 15-4 playoff record in his five seasons. After a shaky start this season, Maranatha found consistency in Olympic League play and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 5 playoffs.
DeHaan cited several reasons for his resignation.
“At the core of my reasoning is a need for more time to invest in all of Maranatha athletics and my own family,” he said. “In no particular order, the first reason I am stepping down is because I have a passion to invest in our coaching staff at Maranatha to insure that we are impacting lives for Christ while pursuing excellence on the field or court.
“Secondly, I feel it is necessary to expand our network of college contacts and I want to invest at a new level in all Maranatha athletes who have a desire to play beyond high school. And finally, I have two little boys and a wife that I love with everything I have, and I want to spend more time with them both at home and at Maranatha events.”
DeHaan said he will coach the team through the summer until a replacement has been named. If necessary, he’ll coach into the next school year.
DeHaan will remain as the school’s athletic director. The next baseball coach will be a walk-on position next season, with the possibility of teaching if they’re qualified. DeHaan, however, added there are currently no teaching positions available.
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