Coaches often say something along the lines of "you don't want to be the man who follows the man."
In other words, succeeding a highly successful coach is a difficult challenge. The next Gallia Academy baseball coach likely will feel that way, as he will be tasked to replace Rich Corvin, who retired from the position earlier this month.
Corvin went 237-138 in 15 seasons and won seven league championships and six district titles. Corvin led the Blue Devils to a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championship in 2006, Gallia Academy's first baseball title since 1985. He guided the Blue Devils to SEOAL championships each season from 2011 through 2014 and won Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2016 and 2017.
"I have been very blessed to have had great young men play for me," Corvin said. "They all had a part in making me a better coach, teacher, husband, dad, son, friend and follower of Jesus. For that, I will be forever grateful. I wish I could call them all and just say, 'thank you for letting me be your coach.'"
Corvin will continue to teach at Gallia Academy. The former University of Rio Grande standout is leaving the dugout to spend more time with his wife Batina and three daughters.
The Blue Devils are losing a tremendous coach and an even better man. Few have the heart that does Corvin, who is more than a coach. He is a developer of young men.
RECRUITING NOTES: Spring Valley running back Owen Chafin received football offers from Concord University and Mount St. Joseph's University in Cincinnati. He also visited the University of North Carolina.
Parkersburg linebacker Brenton Strange received his 13th and biggest scholarship offer last week, from Ohio State... South Charleston defensive lineman Zeiqui Lawton, a sophomore, received offers from Marshall University and Eastern Kentucky University... Weir High defensive end Tyler Komorowski picked up an offer from Kent State University. He also has an offer from Army and several lower-division programs... Greenup County baseball shortstop Gage Hughes signed with the Kansas City Royals, who drafted him earlier this month, turning down a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. Hughes' teammate, third baseman J.T. Johnson, committed to Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rivals ranked Huntington High tackle Darnell Wright the No. 2 prospect in the country and No. 1 offensive lineman in the class of 2019... Pikeville basketball guard Wyatt Battaile rescinded his commitment to Morehead State University and instead will go to the the University of Louisville... Parkersburg South girls soccer star Aiyana Lauderman committed to West Virginia University. ... Boyd County basketball standout Bobby Hale originally committed to Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, but changed his mind and said he will sign with Kentucky Christian University.
ROUNDING UP: Fairland High football coach Melvin Cunningham also will coach the Dragons eighth-grade boys basketball team. Cunningham was the girls head coach at now-defunct Burch High School several years ago. ... Fairland hired former South Point soccer standout Patrick McCleary as its middle school soccer coach and former Dragons basketball star Jason Wyant as its high school boys soccer coach. ... Aubrey Chandler of Poca won the free throw competition at last week's North-South girls basketball game at Glenville State College. ... East Carter pitcher Montana Fouts was named the Kentucky high school softball player of the year. Fouts has signed with the University of Alabama. ... Boys high school basketball jobs are open at Nitro and Poca. Nitro did not retain Kevin Musilli. Derek Ragle resigned at Poca. ... St. Albans football coach Scott Tinsley resigned.
Tim Stephens is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Call him at 304-526-2759. Follow him on Twitter @sportsturtle11.