The search is over for the next Yellow Jacket baseball coach at Grundy County High School. GCHS principal and athletic director Charlie Westmoreland announced the hiring of Marty Doino (pronounced Duh – ween – o) to succeed Bryan Morris who left the Jackets this summer to return to his alma mater, Tullahoma, as their baseball coach.
Coach Doino has worked in the system for four years as a teacher’s assistant at Tracy City Elementary School. Prior to his work at TCES, he was in the nursery business for 13 years.
Coach Doino has been in and around baseball most of his life as a pitcher. After his high school career, he played at Middlesex County Junior College. He then played at Ramapo College and was injured, then transferred to Trenton State College where he played on the Division III National Runner – Up team.
Following his college experience, he had several tryouts with minor league teams and played four years of independent baseball with the Catskill Cougars, Tennessee Tomahawks, New Jersey Jackals, and the Ozark Patriots of Alabama. He injured his right shoulder in his last year of independent play.
Interestingly, he spent 18 months teaching himself to pitch left handed. He went to a tryout and threw 79-mph left handed and turn around and hit 86 mph right handed after he had recovered from his shoulder injury.
Coach Doino says, “This is an incredible privilege to be able to work with this team. I want to continue to build on the success of last season. I want to evaluate during fall and winter workouts to see what how my philosophy will fit with the talent of this team.
“I believe players win games and I feel that I have to evaluate myself when we lose on what I could have done better to put them in a position to win.”
He is excited to get started, even though baseball is several months away.
Westmoreland was very impressed with his interview with Coach Doino.
Westmoreland stated, “Coach Doino brings dedication and passion to this job, along with consistency to work hard as he has shown in his four years, as he hasn’t missed a day of work.”