Jim Crowley has stepped down after seven years as baseball coach at Loyola Blakefield.
Crowley’s teams posted a 120-101 record and he led Loyola to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs five times.
Loyola athletic director Mike Keeney said that Crowley will be difficult to replace.
“I wish he had stayed,” Keeney said. “He really did a tremendous job. Jim was a really classy guy and a great role model for the kids and really conveyed baseball to them. He gave his all to the school and the program.”
Crowley, a Dulaney High graduate and Reisterstown resident, said he wants to devote more time to his family and his job.
He is married with three children and works as a vice president at Kelly and Associates Insurance Group in Hunt Valley.
“It was very tough decision, and I loved my time at Loyola,” Crowley said. “I loved the people I met at Loyola — the kids and families. But the time away from the job and family was taking its toll.
“Not working at the school was difficult from a time perspective,” he added. “I have a nine-to-five job. I was lucky enough to have flexible hours and to be able to leave early and work late.”
The 2016 season was among Crowley’s best.
Loyola compiled an 18-11 record and won two playoff games for the first time in his tenure in the league’s double-elimination tournament.
The Dons also upset top-ranked and three-time A Conference champion Archbishop Spalding, 14-4, on March 23.
Crowley, who coached the junior varsity before taking over the varsity, said that his successor will be talking over a seasoned team boasting seven returning starters.
“It makes it tougher to leave,” he said. “I feel strongly that the team has a good shot of competing for a championships next year. It’s something we have been building for eight years.”
Crowley said two of his assistant coaches, Mike Kelly and Joe Pyzik, have expressed interest in taking over the program.
Keeney said anyone interested in the position should e-mail him at email@example.com
“I hope to have someone in place by September,” Keeney said.