Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

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Codeblue79
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Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by Codeblue79 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:03 pm

Just got word that Josh Mcgraw resigned from Portsmouth. Sad to hear that. Wish him all the best. Was hoping he would be able to get the baseball program headed in the right direction. Now it's back to square one looking for a new coach. They need someone to come in and bring some continuity to the program. Again best of luck to Josh and his future endeavors and thank you for the time your we're here at Portsmouth. The returning players will be better because of your coaching.



Beergogglebluez
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Re: Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by Beergogglebluez » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:27 pm

I heard it was a rumor. But found out it’s legit. I thought we are rebuilding. Now have to find a coach. Hopefully one that stays and builds a reputation and program.



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Re: Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by art_vandelay » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:08 pm

Just one man's opinion, but Portsmouth athletics (football, basketball, baseball) need to start rebuild from bottom-level up. Every sport is a mess at the pee-wee level as too many guys with differing agendas coaching and doing things their own way due to little or no guidance from high school programs. Pee-wee football split between Trojans and Soldiers a perfect example. From a purely athletic standpoint, Portsmouth should be solid in every sport. But no real development plan in place for any sport, and their high school programs are down with not much help on the horizon.*



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Re: Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by trojandave » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:02 pm

Wish Josh the best......we just lost a coach who knows the game and was a very good player himself. Replacing him won't be easy, as there just hasn't been any stability with head coaches in football and baseball. 4 head coaches in 8 years in football, and at least 3 head coaches in baseball in the last 5-6 years. Basketball coach Eugene Collins is returning for his 11th season. I do think that in talking to football coach Bruce Kalb that he is going to be in it for the long term, which will be good for the program, especially after making the playoffs in his first season.

I agree with you, art, about the lower levels of Portsmouth athletics......I have heard this for years from people in the know and it has no doubt affected the performance of the varsity sports, putting the varsity coaches in a tough spot. Basketball has still been good, with this past season being only the 2nd losing season in the last 10 years.....but what looms ominous is that it looks like we won't have a freshmen basketball team for the first time in a long time, so maybe there are going to be ripple effects negatively affecting the basketball program. I sure hope it doesn't end up that way, but realistically the days of Portsmouth being a consistent basketball power and a major player yearly in the SE district are in the past. A good team every now and then, contending for the regional or state, is still very possible.

Although I don't follow baseball nearly as closely as basketball, I do know that the participation numbers are way down. It's difficult to field a competitive team with such low numbers (15-20) and have a adequate pitching staff.



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Re: Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by Ironman92 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:24 pm

trojandave wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Wish Josh the best......we just lost a coach who knows the game and was a very good player himself. Replacing him won't be easy, as there just hasn't been any stability with head coaches in football and baseball. 4 head coaches in 8 years in football, and at least 3 head coaches in baseball in the last 5-6 years. Basketball coach Eugene Collins is returning for his 11th season. I do think that in talking to football coach Bruce Kalb that he is going to be in it for the long term, which will be good for the program, especially after making the playoffs in his first season.

I agree with you, art, about the lower levels of Portsmouth athletics......I have heard this for years from people in the know and it has no doubt affected the performance of the varsity sports, putting the varsity coaches in a tough spot. Basketball has still been good, with this past season being only the 2nd losing season in the last 10 years.....but what looms ominous is that it looks like we won't have a freshmen basketball team for the first time in a long time, so maybe there are going to be ripple effects negatively affecting the basketball program. I sure hope it doesn't end up that way, but realistically the days of Portsmouth being a consistent basketball power and a major player yearly in the SE district are in the past. A good team every now and then, contending for the regional or state, is still very possible.

Although I don't follow baseball nearly as closely as basketball, I do know that the participation numbers are way down. It's difficult to field a competitive team with such low numbers (15-20) and have a adequate pitching staff.
The track team has a lot of the athletes....gotta have a good youth program to get some of those athletes back



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Re: Portsmouth Trojan Baseball

Post by Abe Froman » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:50 pm

Tough break for the Trojans to lose McGraw. Best of luck to them, hope they figure something out that works for them.



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