By Chris Whitfield
After a change that saw him go from a career in retail to teaching and three years as an assistant baseball coach in the Murray County school system, David Redmond will be a head coach next school year.
North Murray High School athletic director Roger Rainey said Wednesday afternoon that Redmond will be the school’s next baseball coach.
Redmond, a 1993 graduate of Murray County High, takes over the Mountaineers’ baseball program from Steve Granger, who recently assumed the head coaching duties of the school’s softball team and is also an assistant wrestling coach.
“We had our baseball banquet Tuesday night, and we kind of knew before when (Granger) took the softball job, but we wanted to hold it and let the banquet focus on the kids,” Rainey said. “Steve has been a valuable baseball coach and highly recommended David for the job.
“We felt pretty good that we had a good candidate here on staff, much like we did with boys basketball and softball before when those jobs came open.
“He played baseball in college, is from Murray County and coach Granger gave a strong recommendation.”
Redmond has been Granger’s assistant the past two seasons and was an assistant at Bagley Middle School before that. A mathematics teacher, he was recently named North Murray’s Teacher of the Year. A former pitcher for the Indians, he went on to play at Piedmont College in Demorest for coach Steve Harwood.
“The excitement for me is the opportunity to reach the kids and teach some fundamentals and continue what coach Granger has built here,” Redmond said. “When I left Murray County and went to Piedmont, I learned so much. I have a passion and a love for the game. We will build on a fundamental sense of the game.”
North Murray finished this past season 10-13 overall and 6-8 in Region 5-3A play, falling to Sonoraville in its final game of the season and missing out on the region’s No. 4 seed and a spot in the state playoffs. Redmond said the Mountaineers will have a good chance to reach that upper echelon of the region next year.
“Honestly, we just have to take care of our business,” he said. “We have probably the best rising senior class in the region.
“We have to get them to buy in and reach that level. If we can play to our level, we can get to that next level. We feel like we are headed to that dedication to get to the level we want to be.”