Gadsden City High School didn’t waste time finding its new baseball coach, and he happens to have local ties.
Blake Bone was approved Tuesday at the Gadsden City Board of Education meeting to become the head coach of the Titans. Scott Brackett had been interim coach after Taylor Talbot’s resignation May 11.
Bone, who resigned from Southside High in 2017 after 10 years as baseball coach, originally planned to wait longer than a year before getting back into the game, but the Gadsden City opening was “the right opportunity at the right time.”
“I’m just grateful the job at Gadsden City came open,” Bone said. “I’ll be able to work close to home and be with a group of people I’m familiar with and have relationships with.”
The 39-year-old believes the Titans, who are 1-20 in their area in the last three seasons according to Gadsden City Athletic Director Todd Lamberth, are close to competing for area titles.
“I know the record doesn’t seem that way with the way area play went, but I think with some things we are going to bring to the table and the kids that are in place, I feel like we can compete for that,” Bone said. “We just want to go out there and create a culture that guys breed success.”
Bone was coach at Southside from 2008 to 2017. He’s been at Highland Elementary School since stepping down as Southside’s coach. He led the Panthers to nine area championships and a Class 5A state runner-up finish in 2012.
“I’m ready to go again,” Bone said. “I’m refreshed and rejuvenated. I think these guys are hungry for success and I want to be able to give them that opportunity.”
He was an assistant for the Titans in their first year in 2007 under Lamberth, who feels Bone is a “home run hire.”
“I think the future of our baseball program is bright,” Lamberth said.
Southside made the quarterfinals four times and advanced to the semifinals five times under Bone. Thirty-three players received scholarships to play baseball, while multiple others earned academic scholarships.
Bone played in the Seattle Mariners’ organization from 2000 to 2004 before turning to coaching. He has held assistant coaching stints at UAH and Madison Academy.
Article courtesy of The Gadsden Times