Jeff Garrity, who has been connected to the Male High School baseball program for much of his life, now will get the chance to run it.
Garrity has been named the Bulldogs’ head coach, replacing Matt Walker. He went 25-8 in his only season before taking a job as the pitching coach at Bellarmine University.
“It’s very exciting and humbling as well,” said Garrity, 31.
Garrity played four seasons of baseball at Male, graduating in 2000. After attending the University of Louisville, he has spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs — eight under Todd Driskell and last season under Walker.
The Bulldogs will return six starters from a team that lost to St. Xavier in the Seventh Region championship game.
Other coaching news
* Scott Willard is the new athletic director and boys’ basketball coach at Collegiate.
Willard spent the past four years as the AD and boys’ basketball coach at the Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. The school produced several NCAA Division I players, including Kansas’ Andrew White.
Joel Morris stepped down after two seasons as the boys’ basketball coach at Collegiate, posting a 33-20 record.
* Bill Young retired as boys’ track and field coach at North Oldham, where he led the school to the Class 2-A state championship in 2011. Young was a teacher and coach for 48 years, including stints at Bishop David and St. Xavier in Louisville.
* The Kentucky Senior All-Star softball team won three of four games against Tennessee all-star squads last week.
The Kentuckians won two of three games against the Middle Tennessee Coaches Association All-Stars on Wednesday at Middle Tennessee State University. The Tennessee squad won the first game 2-0, but the Kentuckians bounced back to win the final two games 5-0 and 1-0 to take the series.
Kentucky beat the Tennessee Coaches Association All-Stars 3-2 on Thursday at Tennessee Tech. The second game between the two squads was rained out.
Coaches for the Kentucky team were Holy Cross’ Dave Frankrone, Harrison County’s Christine Garnett, Rowan County’s Larry Slone and Assumption’s Jennifer Hunt.
The players were Greenwood’s Angela Adkins and Emily Gravette, Harrison County’s Ashley Coppage, Somerset’s Bethany Edwards, Eastern’s Casey Smith, North Laurel’s Emily Sears, Boyd County’s Emily Stewart, Boyle County’s Hannah Miniard, Mercy’s Hayley Twyman, Oldham County’s Jessica Leanhart and Rebecca Wishnevski, Franklin County’s Macy Johnson, Marshall County’s Mallory Young, Muhlenberg County’s Markie Smith, Ryle’s McKell Oliverio and Scott County’s Michal Luckett.
* The Kentucky High School Athletic Association released its participation numbers for the 2012-13 school year.
Football had the most participants with 13,315 students (including 54 girls) competing for 222 schools. Baseball ranked second among boys’ sports with 7,278 participants, followed by basketball (6,874), track and field (6,476) and soccer (6,059).
Volleyball was the most popular girls’ sport with 6,260 participants, followed by softball (5,754), soccer (5,551), track and field (5,476) and basketball (5,359).