August 7 - Jake Norman has stepped down as the head coach at Colonial Forge and taken the same position at University High School in Orange City, FL, which has emerged in recent years as one of the top programs in Florida.
Norman notified Colonial Forge of his decision to resign last month after two seasons at his alma mater, and was hired last Thursday to replace former coach Frank Martello, who led University to a 25-7 mark and the 9A state championship game this spring. The Titans, who also advanced the state final in 2015, went 25-7 this year and had three players selected in June’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Martello was 123-79 in his seven seasons at the school, which opened in the fall of 2010.
“I’m just excited for a new start in a new location,” Norman said. “I have some family nearby, so it’s a great opportunity for me.”
Norman, 27, led the Eagles to a 28-15 record during his two seasons, including a 17-4 mark in his first season in 2016. This spring, the Stafford school dropped six of its first eight games but recovered to finish 11-11 after advancing to the 6A Conference 4 final and earning a South Region Tournament berth.
A 2007 graduate of Colonial Forge, Norman went on to play at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. He served as the junior varsity coach at North Stafford from 2013-15 before replacing longtime former Eagles coach Shawn Szakelyhidi, who had guided the program since its first season in 2000. Szakelyhidi went 250-124-1 and won five district and three region titles during his tenure.
The program’s opening is listed on the Stafford County Public Schools website, as is the Brooke Point vacancy.
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