The Heights School baseball coach Brian Carroccio announced last week that he will be stepping down at the conclusion of what will be his 10th season guiding the private school program in order to concentrate on a new media business venture.
“It was a very difficult decision, but I decided I was going to pursue the business and there aren’t enough hours for business and baseball,” he said. “I went to school here and I’ve enjoyed all 10 years on the job. I would have been quite happy to stay, but this was an opportunity I did not foresee six months ago. I decided to make a go at it.”
Carroccio, a 1994 Heights graduate, has compiled a 178-75 record with three Maryland Private School B championships and one Old Line Baseball Conference crown. The Cavaliers have reached the 20-win plateau each of the past five seasons.
“Certainly there will be some things I won’t miss, but for sure I will try to enjoy it and I will appreciate the little things [in his last season],” Carroccio said.
Taking his place will be current hitting coach Jon Fritts, a 1996 Heights graduate, who Carroccio credits for the program’s best performances at the plate during his first two years with the program.
“I brought him in a couple of years ago because I felt we really needed someone who could handle our hitters with a more hands-on approach,” Carroccio said. “The past two seasons have been our best offensive seasons really in the history of the school. I give all the credit to him. He handled the hitters basically by himself so he was an ideal candidate.”
The Heights batted .408 as a team last year with 367 runs, 69 doubles, nine triples and 15 home runs in a 25-8 season and it produced a .411 batting average in 2011 with 313 runs, 65 doubles, 24 triples and nine home runs en route to a 24-5 record.
“Brian has done an amazing job,” Fritts said. “Not just as far as wins and losses go, but in terms of player development and creating an atmosphere where guys learn to play the game the right way. Nothing would please me more than to see this group of guys send coach off into the sunset off with a successful final season.”