Chad Young’s staff is shuffling as he prepares for another year leading the Warren County Middle School baseball team. Young has added John O’Connor to the staff, replacing Travis Wilson. Chase McGee will remain with the team.
Young was sad to see Wilson leave, but family and work made it difficult for him to continue with the team.
“I really hate to see Travis leave. It was a very tough decision for him,” said Young. “He has to travel a lot for his job and has two sons playing on the high school team and a daughter turning heads in the city league.
“He sacrificed many hours in order to better our program. He’s one of the most unselfish and trustworthy people I know and has become a close friend of mine. Our program is better because of what he taught and left with our boys.”
Since taking over, Young has had Wilson and McGee in the dugout with him. The group has helped the Pioneers post of 51-24 record over four years. The Pioneers won the CTC regular-season championship in 2016 and both regular season and tournament titles in 2017.
O’Connor comes to the team after spending most of his coaching career in Alabama. The Jacksonville State University graduate now works with Young at Irving College and should be able to step in and help right away.
“He’s going to be a great addition. He has coached baseball, basketball and football,” said Young.
O’Connor, who moved to Tennessee in July with his wife Ragan and 4-month-old daughter Wrynlee, is ready to get going.
“We’re loving Tennessee life. I’m excited about the opportunity to help Chad and Chase and the baseball team at WCMS,” said O’Connor.”
The WCMS baseball team will get started with workouts in January. Young has preseason games scheduled for late February before the season begins in March.