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Coyle resigns as Valpo High School baseball coach

2014-06-11T17:00:00Z 2014-06-12T00:14:43Z Coyle resigns as Valpo High School baseball coachJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

After two years of double duty, Dave Coyle is cutting back.

Valparaiso's baseball coach since 2011, Coyle is resigning to concentrate on football, which he took over in 2012.

Coyle could not be reached for comment, but junior Matt Mayes, who plays both sports, said Coyle told players after the last day of their youth baseball camp Wednesday at the high school.

"He called us into the dugout and told us the school board is expecting to accept his resignation (today)," Mayes said. "He said he's got a lot on his plate with football and baseball, and wasn't getting to spend a lot of time with his family."

Valparaiso won the sectional in 2012 and finished 13-13 this season.  Coyle is 6-14 in two years as Vikings football coach.

"Honestly, I was really surprised," Mayes said. "We were all shocked. I don't think anybody saw it coming. I like him as a coach for both. I'm glad to see him get to focus one (sport)."

Assistant coach Todd Evans was widely believed to be the successor in waiting for Coyle.

"I'd be fine with that," said Mayes, a starting outfielder as a sophomore. "We'll see how the program goes."

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