October 18 - Nick Grove, who spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Gar-Field, has been ‘voluntarily reassigned’ by Prince William County Schools to fill the vacancy at Patriot.
The school made an announcement earlier this afternoon after PWCS human resources informed applicants that no interviews would be conducted. “We fully support this decision and welcome him to our school,” the school wrote in a release. “Coach Grove will meet with interested baseball players in the near future.”
Added Gar-Field via its athletics Twitter handle: “Head coach Nick Grove has accepted a voluntary reassignment to be the next head baseball coach at Patriot. Coach Grove has been a great asset to our program and will be missed. We’re excited for him and [Patriot].”
Grove, 34, was hired by Gar-Field in November 2017 and guided the Indians to a 19-24 record in his two seasons. In his first season, they posted a 15-7 record, winning the Division II championship at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and advancing to the Region 6C Tournament before falling in the first round to W.T. Woodson. This past spring, Gar-Field slumped to a 4-17 record.
The Pennsylvania native is 61-64 overall in six seasons as a high school head coach, previously serving as the skipper at Hughesville (PA) from 2008-10 and Sunrise Mountain (NV) in 2013 before relocating with his family to Northern Virginia.
“I want to say thank you to all of the players I have fortunate enough to coach at Gar-Field,” Grove wrote via text message. “These players showed large amounts of improvement in my two years with them, and this would not even be possible without their commitment to the program and our philosophies.
“I am very excited about this opportunity. I have been coaching since I was 22-years-old, and have always dreamed big. I have always wanted to coach at a top-of-the-line program, and I am extremely humbled that I am the new head coach at Patriot.”
A social studies teacher at Gar-Field, Grove holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University. He pitched collegiately at Spartanburg Methodist College, a Division I junior college in South Carolina, and then at Division II Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.
At Patriot, he inherits a program that went 67-24 over the past four seasons under former coach Josh Steinberg. On Sept. 18, Steinberg was dismissed without legitimate cause by the school’s director of student activities, Brad Qualls, in a move that upset parents and players in the program.
The Pioneers will field a talented core this spring that includes three Division I recruits: senior right-hander and infielder Riley Eikhoff (Coastal Carolina), sophomore catcher Mason Balsis (Virginia) - a transfer from Osbourn Park - and sophomore first baseman and left-hander Eli Serrano (N.C. State).
Photos courtesy of Gar-Field Athletics
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