November 28 - A position that took nine months to fill last year remains vacant six months after Rich Davila stepped down in May after one season as the head coach at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.
The position had been advertised on the Prince William County Public Schools website, but was pulled down earlier this month. The school’s director of student activities, Steve Bryson, wrote via email on Monday that, “We are still looking into it,” when asked for an update.
While other male sports programs at the school thrive - the Eagles’ football team will play Westfield on Friday in the Class 6 state semifinals and the boys basketball team is four seasons removed from a state tournament appearance - the baseball program has struggled the stay afloat.
Freedom snapped a 59-game losing streak last April, but finished just 1-18 in Davila’s lone season. In each of the past two years, Bryson hasn’t hired a coach until mid-February. The program’s next coach will be its eighth in nine seasons.
Fredericksburg Baseball to Hold Founders Club Event on Saturday
The group behind the effort that landed the Potomac Nationals’ new ballpark in Fredericksburg is holding a Founders Club event on Saturday.
Fredericksburg Baseball’s Opening Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Area Museum in historic Market Square at 907 Princess Anne Street. It will afford fans an opportunity to select their seat reservation for partial or full season ticket plans for the inaugural campaign at the club’s new $35 million stadium, which will open in April 2020.
Membership will also include members having their name engraved onto a Founders Club plaque at the stadium entrance and exclusive gift and VIP invitations to stadium events, including the ballpark’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
VBCA’s Coaching Convention in Charlottesville This Weekend
The new Virginia Baseball Coaches Association will be hosting its inaugural coaching clinic and convention from tomorrow through Sunday at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.
Headline speakers at the clinic include Division I head coaches Paul Mainieri (Louisiana State), Brian O’Connor (Virginia), Tom Walter (Wake Forest) and Shawn Stiffler (Virginia Commonwealth), and the event’s agenda will also include instruction, demonstrations, clinics and vendors.
For more information or to register, visit VBCA’s clinic page here.
Photo of Freedom-Woodbridge’s Juan Cardenas by Dani Hall