The Chewelah School district will be looking for another head coach, as Cougar baseball coach Luke Jeanneret has stepped down. Jeanneret cited spending more time with his kids as they grow up as the reason for the move after seven years as head coach.
“I would like to personally thank Coach Jeanneret for the countless hours he has given to the Chewelah baseball program,” Cougar athletic director Pat Gaffney said. “He has served the program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He has been involved with Chewelah baseball for most of his life.”
Jeanneret said some of his favorite moments coaching Chewelah baseball was producing four college baseball players, winning a district title when they were without the services of their best hitter and Nick Naccarato being named league Co-MVP.
He said he also enjoyed coaching with two of his former players, Cordell Bean and Cody Sweat.
The school district will begin the search for a new baseball coach and Jeanneret will continue to work with youth baseball in Chewelah.
Jeanneret said that while he’s in charge of summer ball now he will let the new coach take the full reigns of the program when they come in.
“I always had a rule of no dads in the dugout and since my son is coming up through the program, I’ll get to watch him as a parent now,” Jeanneret said.
The ballcoach said he hopes the new coach has that same approach and said current assistant coach Sawyer Bardwell would be a good fit for the job.
“I really feel we’ve started a program here that can be pretty amazing,” Jeanneret said.
Jeanneret wanted to thank Wade Carpenter, Ken Chartrey, Lonnie Hoxie, Blake Sjordall and Matt Robertson for their support throughout the years.
The baseball team this year finished with a 5-9 league record, and 9-12 overall record for the year and qualified for the District 7 1A Tournament.
Along with baseball, Chewelah schools are also looking for a head wrestling coach.
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff