CC-C searching for baseball coach


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:22 pm on Friday, August 01, 2014

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

CARSON CITY — Trying to balance work and play is always difficult. Trying to balance work and more work is even tougher.

For Wes Cummings, balancing his job as a realtor and his passion as a baseball coach was too much. Because of that, Cummings recently resigned after two seasons as head coach for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles.

“I’m a Realtor and the spring is so busy. It was really difficult,” Cummings said. “I really had two problems. One was the distance (lives in Belding). I didn’t mind the drive, but with work it was an extra hour and a half each day. It was real difficult to juggle work and coaching.”

CC-Crystal athletic director Larry Farmer agreed it was too much.

“It was difficult for Wes to balance both,” Farmer said. “He didn’t feel like he was doing both justice.”

With a coaching resume thats includes stops in Cedar Springs, Vestaburg, Belding and Sparta High School, Cummings said he loved his time at Carson City.

“There are really wonderful kids at Carson. I was impressed with the school system,” he said. “The kids seemed to enjoy going to school there and it was a lot of fun working with the kids. They were really attentive, wanted to learn and wanted to work and get better. The administration was great.

“The experience couldn’t have been any better. It was really difficult decision to let it go, but I knew I needed to,” Cummings added.

Cummings also spent three years as head coach for Davenport University in Grand Rapids.

Farmer said the position has been posted.

“We posted the position, put it in social media and on job websites,” Farmer said. “It will be posted until Aug. 8. Then we will review candidates and do interviews.

“We are looking for someone that can put a lot of effort into the program and be around. Hopefully, someone that can work with the kids all year. And they don’t have to be a teacher,” he added.

Carson City-Crystal went 15-14-2 this past spring. Cummings said the team has talent coming back.

“I think they have great potential. We have four really good pitchers coming back. A lot of pitching depth,” Cummings said. “Overall defense, I think the team will be real strong next year too.”

As for missing coaching, Cummings said he wouldn’t. That’s because he said he would continue to coach baseball, just not as a head coach.

“I’ll keep coaching. I will volunteer and help somebody,” Cummings said. “I’ll have to be a little closer to home or closer to work. If I’m helping someone, I will try to make a commitment to be there all the time, but I will have a little more flexibility.”

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