Perth Heat Coach Steve Fish will not return to coach for the 2015/16 season.
It was decided Fish would focus solely on the dynasty that is the Baseball WA High Performance Program.
This will be a big loss to the Heat squad, but Fish staying in the Baseball WA High Performance program means he will be able to develop local talent into genuine ABL options.
It will not be an easy task to replace Fish, but it is believed the Heat are looking through the US Minor League Baseball system to find someone adequate.
Newly Appointed Perth Heat CEO Tony Adamson said the idea is to give Fish enough time to do his high-performance role justice, as he was previously unable to give both roles the deserved time.
“He’ll still be involved with our Heat program because that is a high-performance program, but we are looking at all our options.
“He has a high performance role with Baseball WA, which is ever-growing. We just need to make sure he has enough time to do that role justice.”
Looking at the Heat and their history, they should not have a problem finding a suitable coach. Their last two coaches have been Fish, and current Adelaide Bite coach Brooke Knight, who won back-to-back championships with the Heat in 2011 and 2012.
This move defiantly gets my vote, as Steve will be able to help develop local pitchers into viable ABL starters, and he will still have a very big say in team decisions.