Baseball Coach of the Year: Ken Dunn, South River

Ken Dunn

South River


If you are, in fact, only as good as your last game, then South River baseball coach Ken Dunn is in great shape.

Dunn announced earlier this season that, after 35 years coaching, this would be his last at South River -- and his team responded.


The No. 2 Seahawks (20-5) won the tough Class 4A East region -- beating No. 4 North County, 5-2, in the regional championship game -- and then gave up three total hits in two state playoff games to win the school's first state title in baseball.

"I am very fortunate," Dunn said. "I have a very supportive family, school and community, and that has allowed me to coach and not worry about everything else."

Dunn is a motivator, but he also likes to maintain a fun atmosphere for his team.

If they were down, South River's players said, he would pick them up with a quip or saying, including one of his favorites: "The road to success is always under construction."

"These kids [on the team] were special," Dunn said. "I had talked about retiring about two years ago, but I saw something in this group. I thought they were capable of winning a state championship -- and they did."