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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 03, 2019 1:00 am

In The News

Baseball coach resigns at PFW

Purdue Fort Wayne baseball coach Bobby Pierce has stepped down effective immediately, according to a news release from the school. Pierce resigned to accept the position of athletic director at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona.

“As I reflect on my tenure as a Mastodon, gratitude is how I best sum up my overall feelings,” Pierce said in a news release. “Thank you to the student-athletes that played under me. It was an honor to coach each and every one. Thank you to the alumni for their support during my tenure. Thank you to the assistants that coached with me, especially Grant Birely, I will never be able to repay their hard work and sacrifice. Finally, thank you to the chancellors and administrators for their support, trust and guidance.”

Birely, an assistant under Pierce throughout Pierce's tenure at PFW, will serve as interim head coach as a search is conducted.

Pierce led the Mastodons for 11 seasons. He leaves as the program's career leader in wins with 192. He guided the Mastodons to back-to-back appearances in the Summit League championship game in 2015 and 2016.

“We want to thank Bobby Pierce for more than a decade of contributions to his program and the university,” PFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton said in a statement. “He directed the baseball program to the best seasons in their history, and the athletic department and university is in a better place because of his time as a Mastodon.”

– Journal Gazette