John Carroll baseball coach leaves for C. Milton Wright job

John Carroll baseball coach Joe Stetka, who led the Patriots to a 15-6 record and the No. 10 ranking, has resigned his position and accepted the head coaching job at C. Milton Wright.

In two seasons at John Carroll, Stetka compiled a 27-17 record. This season he took the Patriots to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

Stetka replaces C. Milton Wright coach Tony Blackburn, whose team finished with a No. 12 ranking and a 17-5 mark. Stetka worked at C. Milton Wright for six years prior to going to John Carroll. At C. Milton Wright, he was an assistant coach for five years and the head coach in 2008. That year, he took the Mustangs to the state championship finals.

Stetka said that while he enjoyed his time at John Carroll, where he coached two players — K.J. Hockaday and Brendan Butler — who were drafted by the Orioles this spring, he added, "I'm happy to be going back home to C. Milton Wright. … I know the kids, the system and the school real well. And, I have a real good relationship with the athletic director and the principal."

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