Friday, October 22, 2010

VanSickle hired as Carmichaels baseball coach

Scott VanSickle, a former assistant baseball coach at Carmichaels, was hired as the Mikes' head coach at Thursday night's school board meeting.

VanSickle replaces highly successful Dave Bates, who resigned in August to become principal at his alma mater – Jefferson-Morgan High School.

Bates (pictured) coached Carmichaels baseball for 11 seasons and the Mikes were annually one of the tougher teams to beat in WPIAL Class A. Bates guided Carmichaels to its first WPIAL baseball championship in 2003 and the Mikes added title in 2005 and 2008.

Carmichaels played for the PIAA Class A championship in 2008 and also played for WPIAL championships in 2004 and 2009.

VanSickle takes over a team that started the 2010 season 0-9 but rebounded to make its 10th consecutive playoff appearance.

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