Geoff Thomas takes over as head coach for Jeff Evans
By Dennis Weller
Geoff Thomas played baseball under a coach who had
nine players taken in the Major League Draft, including a Hall of Famer, and he
coached under a PIAA champion and a 300-game winner.
During that time, he has gained a wealth of
knowledge and experience that he is now giving back to young players and the
community as the new head coach at Pottstown.
Thomas takes over for Jeff Evans, who coached the
Trojans the last six seasons before leaving to take an assistant coach position
at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
"My main reason for being a coach is to give
back, to build young minds and to build relationships," said Thomas, who
is a language arts and social studies teacher at Pottstown Middle School.
"Teaching them to play the game the right way. Teaching them through
He brings a lot of energy to the program," said
Steve Anspach, the school's director of co-curricular activities. "He's
done a phenomenal job already, working with the youth program and community.
We're excited to have him as our head coach. The kids are working hard every
Thomas played from 1994-96 at Phoenixville under John
"Doc" Kennedy - who also coached Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza and
had the high school field dedicated to him - and went on to play at Eastern
He was the pitching coach for 10 years at
Phoenixville under Jack Sturgeon, who guided the Phantoms to a PIAA Class 2A
title in 2001 and also helped out with the Carpenter Cup team during that time.
At Pottstown, Thomas was the JV coach for one year
and the pitching coach the last three under Evans, who won more than 300 games
in 25 years at Oley Valley, Wilson and Pottstown.
"Doc Kennedy is a tremendous mentor of
mine," said Thomas. "I most certainly did learn quite a bit from Jeff
Evans and Jack Sturgeon. I wouldn't be where I am without them."
Thomas will be assisted by Todd Endy and Chris
Petro. Endy has been an assistant with the Trojans and manager of the Pottstown
Steelers American Legion team the past 13 years.
"I'm thrilled to have him on the staff,"
Thomas said of Endy.
Three former local players will serve as volunteer
assistants: Nick Zipay (Pottstown, Penn State Berks), Mike Breidenbach (St.
Pius X) and Rich Masciarelli (Pottstown, Elizabethtown).
The Trojans went 3-13 in the Pioneer Athletic
Conference and 3-15 overall last year.
This year's team will include returning seniors
Tommy Dobbs (1B/OF), Owen Morton (P/C/3B), Jimmy O'Donnell (C/OF) and Seth
Yergey (P/1B), along with juniors Jeremy Adams (2B/SS/3B) and Daulton Mullin
(SS) and sophomores Jacob Eagle (1B/OF, All-PAC second-team infielder) and
Brandon Gebhard (2B/3B).
"I'm really looking forward to the
season," Thomas said. "I've got a pretty young team and some solid
pitchers as well."