For the past five seasons, Nate Espy impacted the lives of Washington High baseball players as their head coach.
Whether it was fine-tuning his players baseball skill, or helping them mature off the field as young adults … Espy enjoyed providing a positive impact on his Wildcats.
Wednesday, Espy transferred to a new role at Washington High. Now Espy will be the assistant principal of facilities, and will anticipate touching the lives of students at Washington — not just the baseball players.
“We had a vacancy at the position, and I was fortunate enough to be appointed,” Espy said. “It will definitely be an adjustment. I have spent six years in the district, all as a coach. The good news is, now I will be able to oversee all of Washington’s sport programs.
“I’ll miss being with the baseball guys, and seeing them grow up as men and players. But, I’m also excited about the chance to pour into our coaches, student-athletes and students at Washington High.”
Espy got his start coaching baseball at the travel ball level, before joining as an assistant at West Florida High in 2009. Once again, Espy will enter his first year of a new profession.
But according to Espy, former assistant principal of facilities Jeremy Tompkins spent a good deal of time helping Espy get his feet wet in the administration office.
“I am fortunate, and thankful that I am staying at Washington,” said Espy, who has spent eight years coaching baseball. “I am discovering that I am maybe not as familiar with my new role, but I am thankful for the chance to develop.”
As for Espy’s replacement in the dugout, it appears Washington is currently focused on filling voids in the classroom.
“Right now, we are trying to fill teaching positions … that is our goal,” Espy said. “But we have multiple coaching vacancies, not just baseball. We will always look for the right fit for our sports, but also for our school.”