The Skyline High School baseball program did not have too look far to find its new leader.
Chase Bolt, as assistant coach with the program a year ago, has been hired as the Vikings’ head coach.
His hiring was approved during Monday’s Jackson County Board of Education meeting.
Dan Utter will be Bolt’s assistant coach. Utter’s hiring as a non-faculty assistant coach was also approved during Monday’s meeting.
Bolt, who an instructional aide at the Skyline, takes over for Charles Manning, who stepped down after serving multiple tenures as Skyline’s head coach through the years.
Bolt is a 2011 Scottsboro High School graduate and was an outfielder for the Scottsboro baseball program from 2008-11.
“I am truly excited and thankful for the opportunity to take over the Skyline baseball program,” Bolt said. “I have always loved this game and wanted to become a baseball coach ever since I was a young kid. I couldn’t think of a better place to begin my coaching career than Skyline High School.”
Skyline principal Jason Davidson called Bolt is a great fit for the program.
“I think his love of the game of baseball is going to benefit our program,” Davidson said. “He is going to have a young group of players to develop.”
Bolt expects the familiarity between him and the players to benefit the program during his first season as head coach.
“I think that the transition will be a lot smoother compared to someone that is not familiar with the program,” he said. “I believe it makes my job a little easier because I know what all the kids are capable of. I know that they will work hard and continue to improve.
“My plan for the program is to just work with the young talent that we have and be competitive every game and have a no lose attitude.”