July 29 - Steve Frank, who previously served as a prep coach in upstate New York and most-recently as an assistant at two local univiersities, has been hired as the new coach at Herndon.
His hiring was approved by Fairfax County Public Schools on Friday and announced by the school this morning.
“I am very excited for this opportunity at Herndon,” Frank said. “I look forward to getting back into high school baseball. Being able to be a head coach at Herndon will give me the chance to work with talented student athletes, as well as to compete against the high level programs in the hotbed of baseball talent in Northern Virginia.”
Frank becomes the Hornets’ third coach in five years and replaces Chris Metz, who stepped down in late May. Herndon was 11-13 this spring, qualifying for regionals for the first time since 2015, and was 19-23 in two seasons under Metz.
As the head coach from 2011-15 at Shaker High School in Latham, N.Y., Frank led his alma mater to a 76-38 record. He led the Blue Bison to a Section II championship and the AA state final in 2011, and during his 19-year tenure as an assistant and head coach at the school he coached two future Major Leaguers in Tommy Kahnle and Jeff Hoffman.
Frank, a retired police officer, relocated to Northern Virginia with his wife and served as an assistant at Marymount in 2017-18, then as the director of baseball operations at George Washington this past season. He was a four-year starter as an infielder at St. Joseph’s, where he graduated in 1991.
At Herndon, he will inherit a team that graduated first-team All-Region 6D third baseman Mike Jones and second-team all-region pitcher Colin Hagerup but returns a talented young core. The Hornets are seeking their first winning season since 2011.
Photo of Steve Frank courtesy of Shaker (N.Y.) Baseball