Manassas Park baseball coach Jeff Lloyd, who inherited a near-dormant program 12 years ago and turned it into a Bull Run District contender, has stepped down from that position but will continue to coach football at the school.
Lloyd, a father of four, said family concerns and burnout prompted his resignation, citing the demands of coaching football from August into December, and baseball from February through May.
"There are some things I missed out on in previous springs that I want to be able to do with my kids," said Lloyd, who was on hand for just one of his daughters' softball games this spring. "Football is what we do as a family on Friday nights. They understand the time and work that goes into that.
"The kids were concerned -- 'Daddy, you're getting rid of baseball and not football, right?' "
When hired, Lloyd took over a baseball program that had canceled the second half of its schedule the previous season for lack of participation. At the time, the Cougars did not have their own home field.
Under Lloyd, the team won three Bull Run titles and one district tournament, and made four Region B appearances and one state appearance, in 1998. The team this season finished fourth in the six-team district and will lose six seniors to graduation, including Bull Run player of the year Zach Terrell.
Last fall, Lloyd coached the Manassas Park football team to a 14-0 record and the Virginia A Division 2 football championship. Practice for the 2005 season begins Aug. 8.
Four Potomac boys' basketball seniors have committed to schools for next season, and a fifth plans to walk on, Panthers Coach Kendall Hayes said.
Guard DeRalle Piersall will play at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. The 5-foot-8 Piersall, known for his on-the-ball defense and crowd pleasing vertical jump, will be teammates with Brentsville forward Jake Lavely, who signed with St. Andrews this spring.
"His goal was to get into a Division II school and program, and he was pretty adamant about that and he's gotten it done," Hayes said of Piersall.
Two other Panther starters, 6-1 guard Anthony Mills and 6-5 guard Jacob Scruggs, are bound for defending Division II national champion Virginia Union.
Scruggs was an All-Extra choice last season for averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds and helping to lead the Panthers to an eighth state tournament berth in 11 years.
A pair of backup forwards, 6-4 Daniel Boettger and 6-2 Dominique Kizer, will attend rival schools in the Division III Capital Athletic Conference. Boettger is headed to Mary Washington, and Kizer will walk on at Marymount.