Clifton Park James Carrese announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the Shenendehowa baseball team coach effective at the end of the week.
The 22-year veteran coach said in a school-issued press release that he is focusing his attention on his family.
“My retirement from the baseball program is simply about my desire to focus my attention on the greater priority in my life, which is my family and my 10-year-old son`s travel baseball team," said Carrese.
“All of us at Shen are very appreciative of Jim’s efforts with the baseball program for the past 22 years," said Shen athletic director Chris Culnan. "His commitment to develop true student-athletes has always been his first priority. All of us at Shenendehowa want to thank Jim for his years of service to the baseball program and understand his reasons for stepping away.”
The Plainsmen have been successful under Carrese, especially in the regular season. Shen has won 16 Suburban Council division titles and has appeared in five Section II championship games, winning two (1994, 1996). The Plainsmen's most recent trip to the Sectional finals was two weeks ago when they lost to Columbia 3-2 in nine innings.
Carrese's final record as head coach is 349-163, including a 237-95 mark in the Suburban Council.
"After 22 seasons, I believe the words ‘Shenendehowa Baseball’ have a tremendous significance in New York state and Section II baseball," said Carrese. "I am deeply indebted to all the families, players, athletic directors and coaches that I have had the opportunity to work with these past 34 years as a public high school coach.
"I am especially thankful for the dedication and tireless work ethic of the current Shenendehowa Baseball staff," he continued. "Most importantly I am most grateful for the support of my family, specifically my wife Jacqueline, who has allowed the little boy from Ballston Lake to pursue his lifelong dream of being a coach.”
Carrese is the fourth long-time Shen coach to announce that he is leaving the athletic program in the last 10 months. Football coach Brent Steuerwald announced his retirement last August, girls basketball coach Ken Strube announced that 2011-12 was his final season last November and boys soccer coach Mike Campisi announced his departure last December.
The school said that a search for a new baseball coach will begin immediately.