El Diamante’s nationally ranked softball team changed head coaches.
The school’s athletic director Gregory Flenory said Travis Roebuck resigned Friday from the position for personal reasons. He refused to say why Roebuck resigned because it is a personnel matter, but he did call it a “personal situation.”
Flenory said Brad Pendergast was named as the new head coach, while assistant coaches Donovan McJunkin and Steve Johnson kept their positions. Pendergast coached the team from its inaugural season in 2005 until stepping down during the 2007 season for personal reasons. His father, Skip Pendergast, took over the coaching duties for the rest of the 2007 season before Roebuck took over as head coach from 2008 through Friday.
“I’m honored and privileged,” said Brad Pendergast, who added that he always thought he would get another chance to coach the Miners after he stepped down from the position in 2007. “Travis [Roebuck] did a great job keeping the program going after I left. I want to do the same for him.”
El Diamante won a Central Section title under Brad Pendergast in 2005 and another under Skip Pendergast in 2007 after his son stepped down midseason.
Brad Pendergast’s first day coaching the Miners this season was Monday. The new coach said his first practice went well. He is trying to keep the same routine for the star-studded lineup, a tip he took from his father after putting him in a similar situation.
“This is a great opportunity because it is such a great team,” Brad Pendergast said. “I’m not going to change anything. Nothing is broken, so why try to fix it?”
Roebuck could not be reached for comment.
The Miners (24-1-1, 8-0) sit in first place of the WYL, 2.5 games ahead of Redwood (21-6, 6-3) and Golden West (19-5, 6-3) with four games remaining. They ride a 20-game winning streak in league competition along with current a 15-game winning streak and 20-game unbeaten streak this season. El Diamante is currently ranked No. 7 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national softball rankings, No. 13 in the USA TODAY / NFCA high school Top 25 poll and No. 12 in the CalHi softball state rankings.
“We’re trying to minimize change as much as possible,” Flenory said when asked about how the move will affect the team’s run a West Yosemite League and Central Section titles. “We wanted a coach at the level these girls need. They have quality assistants. This is just a bump in the road. We talked to the girls about it. It’s one of those adversity situations you try to work through.”