When Mike Gerakos made a decision to retire as University High’s head baseball train last period, he wasn’t certain just what was ahead.
Ends up, more baseball.
Regarding a month after leaving College, the 67-year-old Gerakos is back in the video game as a walk-on assistant train at Corona del Mar, where he will certainly collaborate with previous College head trainer Kevin McCaffrey, the Sea Kings’ new head train.
“The moment I was at Uni was outstanding, working with Train (Chris) Conlin as well as with Train McCaffrey,” Gerakos claimed. “Kevin approached me at the end of the routine period and claimed if he obtained the job at Corona del Mar, would certainly I be interested in it as well as I took time off and thought of it.
“I thought of if for some time and it’s my hobby. I love coaching. Some individuals play golf, I coach baseball,” Gerakos said. “I jumped at the opportunity to coach with Kevin. He’s young as well as energetic and also he has some visions that he would certainly such as to see.”
Gerakos mored than happy to have a reason to maintain mosting likely to the field.
“I have actually remained in the ready as long, I began training in 1974 as well as to go cold turkey was most likely not extremely reasonable on my component,” Gerakos stated. “I may have had those intents, yet it had not been very realistic.”
Gerakos formerly acted as head instructor at UC Irvine for 12 years, till 1992 when the program disbanded baseball. Then, he headed to College to show and also trainer baseball. He started as an assistant instructor.
He just didn’t think life, also in retirement, would certainly be as full without baseball.
“I delight in the game as well as I appreciate being around the baseball gamers,” he stated.”I take pleasure in being around the trains.
“And also regarding I’m concerned, I’m simply able to do my pastime,” he claimed. “I did my one and also done (at Uni). I’m not mosting likely to be a head train. I’m simply waiting to aiding Kevin as well as his coaching staff to assist CdM be the most effective it could be.”
Gerakos stated he has been asked to help with the Sea Kings’ pitching staff and also help the players too.
“I’ve enjoyed my communication with the gamers,” he claimed.
And he has his fond memories of his last season at University. The Trojans were 13-12 overall as well as 5-10 in the Pacific Shore League.
Though the group missed out on out on the playoffs, Gerakos stated the players revealed numerous positive characteristics.
“They finished up being a genuine group,” he said. “They acquired right into the you and also I (theme). The senior citizens were amazing as well as the other children acquired into it. The moms and dads were so supportive as well as the board was exceptional.”
Corona del Mar transfers to the Sunset Organization following period so it will not be in the very same league as Uni.
Gerakos desires the players and also coaches well.
“Train (Mike) Thompson is mosting likely to do a good task,” he said of the program’s new head instructor. “He functions tough and he has a great staff. As well as the youngsters are working and also aiming to improve and that’s all you could ask.”