High School sports

St. Frances baseball coach Brian Boles won't return

During an offseason workout Wednesday, St. Frances baseball coach Brian Boles told his players he will not be returning as head coach next season. Boles will be replaced by Carey Cheek, a former player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and a three-year assistant at St. Frances.

"After much deliberation, I've decided to take on a new challenge," Boles said. "While it is a hard decision, because I've enjoyed my eight years with the kids here, I know Carey brings a wealth of baseball knowledge to the program and I'm looking forward to the team continuing to grow in the program he leads."

Boles will be working as the director of the Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby Community Center, a community outreach facility located on the campus of St. Frances, and scouting for the Detroit Tigers. He said he will continue to assist with the St. Frances baseball program when possible.

"I think it is a good thing that I'm still going to be around," Boles said. "I'll be working in the building and will be an advocate for the team."

Boles, a 2000 graduate of St. Frances, has served as head coach for eight seasons. The baseball program, established in 1996, had only won four games prior to Boles taking over. The team has won 73 games since then.

Some of the program's successes include finishing as the 2009 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference champion and as the Maryland State Private School B Conference runner-up in 2012.

Twelve of Boles players have moved on to play on the college level, 14 players earned all-conference awards and two reached all-state status.

Cheek has been an assistant coach at St. Frances since 2010 and also worked as an assistant at Poly for a year. Additionally, he has over 15 years of coaching experience at the amateur level and is head coach of the Baltimore Panthers summer team.