Kevin Kelly reports:
Ken Gray announced his retirement as Mason High School’s varsity baseball coach on Tuesday.
In his 39 seasons at the helm, the Comets compiled a 768-315 record and reached the state finals in 1987. They also won 16 conference titles, 18 sectional championships, eight district titles and made eight regional appearances.
This past season, Mason went undefeated in the regular season and finished with a 26-1 overall record. Its only loss came against Clayton Northmont in a Division I regional semifinal.
“Just thought it was probably a pretty good time,” Gray said by phone. “We would have liked to have run the table and gone 30-0 this year but it didn’t happen. We had some great players and we’ve got some excellent players coming back.”
The search for Gray’s replacement will start soon.
Gray, 65, would like to see assistant Curt Bly get the job. Bly has been on Mason’s coaching staff the past seven seasons.
“He’s an outstanding baseball man. He’s got a passion for the game that’s second to none,” Gray said. “He did a lot of the work the last seven years. Made it easy for me, let me put it that way.”
Gray said one of the achievements he is most proud about is the improved facilities at Mason.
“When I started coaching there in ’75, our high school baseball field was a cow pasture. It really was,” Gray said. “We had two-by-eight boards to sit on, no dugouts and tree stumps held the two-by-eights up. We’ve got one of the nicest facilities in southwest Ohio, or in the state of Ohio, now.”
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