New coach on the horizon for Monarchs

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Marysville infielder Blake Storr covers third base on this play from the 2018 season. The Monarchs will have a new head coach for the 2019 campaign. A contract offer has been extended to London High School head coach Nick Blake, pending approval by the Marysville school board.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
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Pending approval by the district’s board of education, Marysville High School could soon have a new head baseball coach.
MHS athletic director Ryan Walker informed the Journal-Tribune Sunday evening that a contract offer had been extended to London High School head coach Nick Blake.
If approved by the school board, Blake will replace Mark Brunswick.
Brunswick held the Monarchs’ top position for five seasons. He resigned in May and late last month returned to Bellefontaine High School as the Chieftains’ head coach.
Blake, who has been the Red Raiders’ head coach for the past two seasons, was one of 20 applicants for the vacant Monarch spot.
“We brought in seven candidates to interview after our June 30 deadline,” said Walker. “Nick came highly recommended from everyone with which we talked.
“He has a comprehensive plan to energize the local youth baseball program,” said Walker. “He also wants to promote personal growth and civic engagement among our baseball players.
“His background checked out well.”
Blake is a math instructor in the London school district.
Walker said he would eventually like to see Blake, who guided London to 18 victories during the 2018 campaign, come on board the Marysville faculty, but added, “that’s something I can’t control. It would be nice, though, to see him on our staff at some point.
“He is willing to invest in people both in and out of baseball.”
Prior to serving as London’s head coach, Blake was an assistant coach at Dublin Coffman High School.
Walker said he would like to receive the school board’s approval of his recommendation at the next monthly meeting.



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