Much like it did with its football program, Doherty stayed in house to find its new baseball coach.
On Friday, Doherty announced Mike Berkey, an assistant coach on last year’s squad, would be taking over the Spartans program.
Lewis-Palmer, who made news earlier in the week when longtime coach Tony Ramunno stepped down, also announced a pair of coaches, introducing Sean Hannon as the wrestling coach and former Rampart standout Cayla DeGeorge as the girls’ basketball coach.
Berkey takes over for Chris Solarek, who led the Spartans to a 38-62 record over the course of five seasons.
“I just feel like he’s the right guy for the job right now,” Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. “We’re ecstatic with the hiring of Mike Berkey.”
In the spring, Doherty promoted Jeff Krumlauf to head football coach. Krumlauf was the offensive coordinator before being named head coach.
“I think that when you look at coaches you hope that your assistants’ aspirations are to be head coaches,” Noll said. “I think when you start talking about assistants being promoted, you talk about the former head coach did a good job getting them ready.”
The Rangers brought in Hannon and DeGeorge from outside their programs. But L-P athletic director Nick Baker knew what he was getting in both coaches. Baker was the wrestling coach the previous seven seasons.
After seeing Hannon work with the Rangers during the summer, Baker is excited with the hire.
“When he was ready to roll with the guys, he came in and I was able to observe him,” Baker said. “He’s very spot on with what I’ve done and how he relates with the kids and technical and was right on with what I was doing. I was very impressed. It basically solidified that we found the right guy.”
While Hannon takes over a squad coming off the best in school history, according to Baker who pointed out the Rangers set a school wins record with 362, DeGeorge takes over a program that’s managed just 23 wins over the last four seasons — and that includes a 10-win season in 2012-13.
“Just from my immediate observation she was very involved in the summer,” Baker said of his new girls’ hoops coach.
DeGeorge got the upcoming players to partake in summer camps and weight-lifting programs. Baker also said the number of participants this summer seemed to be up.