York baseball coach Scot Kiggans resigned before Friday’s York-Clover showdown.
Kiggans’ baseball coaching tenure in York spanned 18 years, 12 as head coach and six as an assistant. He also was an assistant football coach in his early years at the school.
Kiggans said Friday that he felt the time was right for him to step down from his coaching role. Athletic director Steve Boyd said Kiggans will continue teaching math at York Intermediate School.
“Eighteen years is a long time,” Kiggans said. “I had a good run and was treated great. It was a tough decision.”
Boyd, who will search for a replacement, lauded Kiggans for his contributions to the athletic department.
“Coach Kiggans has done a great job,” said Boyd. “His passion for coaching high school athletics will be missed. He won two region baseball championships.”
Fighting back his emotions after Friday’s 6-4 win against rival Clover, Kiggans said the coaching profession is all about molding lives.
“I want our kids to do well on the baseball field and in the classroom, and to become productive citizens someday,” he said. “I’ve coached as many as 800 athletes in my 18 years in York.”
Kiggans’ love for the game of baseball can be traced to his high school years in West Virginia, where he once hurled a no-hitter in an upper state championship game.
He praised this year’s varsity Cougar baseball players for their dedication and commitment to the program.
“We hit a tough stretch there but they never quit,” he said. “The kids stayed with it and we won our last two games, including today’s win over rival Clover.”
Kiggans said he appreciates the support he’s had coaching.
“I want to thank coach Boyd and coach Moorefield for giving the opportunity to coach here,” he said. “I want to thank everyone involved in the baseball program.”
Perhaps the biggest compliment a coach can receive is from his coaching peers.
Such was the case after Friday’s game when Clover High School head baseball coach Darrell VanDyke declared, “I am glad his team gave him a win in his last game as a head coach.”