New head coach

Ryan Rogers has been named the new head baseball coach at North Jackson.

 

Ryan Rogers is returning to the dugout for the North Jackson baseball team.

Rogers, who served as North Jackson’s interim head coach for the final month of the Chiefs' 2016 season, has been named head coach, NJHS principal Rob Paradise has confirmed.

“As baseball coach, he brings some things that we need, some stability and experience,” Paradise said. “He’s been successful wherever he’s coached. I know he’s got the ability to do for North Jackson baseball what we need done. North Jackson baseball is used to excellence and we want that to continue.” 

Rogers, who teaches career tech at NJHS, was an assistant softball coach at Skyline this past spring. He returns to North Jackson two seasons after playing a role in the best season in NJHS baseball history.

“Being away from baseball kind of got me re-energized, excited to get back in it,” Rogers said. “I’ll miss Skyline. Great group of kids and people. It was a good experience seeing them getting to go to the state tournament for the first time. I was glad to be a part of that. But I’m excited to be back [coaching at North Jackson].”

Rogers started the 2016 season as an assistant with the North Jackson baseball team before taking over after Michael Wallace was removed from the head-coaching position in early April of that season, which finished with the Chiefs losing two games to one to Oneonta in a Class 4A state semifinal series.

After suffering heavy roster turnover due to graduation, the Chiefs’ finished 3-17 last season while fielding a team that had only two returning starters.

“They were young last year and experienced some growing pains after we lost all those kids off that 2016 team. I think that experience will help them transition to this year,” Rogers said. "There’s talent there.”

Rogers is a 1996 North Jackson graduate. He played three sports for the Chiefs and played baseball for his late father Rodney, who was North Jackson head coach during Ryan’s playing career.

Ryan Rogers has had head baseball coaching stints at Ider (2008-09), Woodville (2014) and Skyline (2015). He won area championships at both Ider and Skyline and has led all of his teams to the playoff appearances. He was an assistant coach at Woodville for three seasons prior to taking over as head coach.  

North Jackson began summer workouts last week and Rogers said around 30 players reported.

“We’re going to work hard, play hard and have fun,” Rogers said. “If they do that, everything kind of takes care of itself.”

 

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