One of the premier coaching jobs in Massachusetts is now open.
On Tuesday night, St. John's Shrewsbury head coach Charlie Eppinger announced in an email to his returning players that he was stepping down as the school's varsity baseball coach. Eppinger took over the head job in 2006 and notably coached the Pioneers to a Division 1A Super Eight title in 2017.
"The timing was right for me and I think for my family and hopefully for the kids in the program," Eppinger said. "One thing I said to my dad and my wife was I would rather give it up one year early than one year later. The team is in a strong position to be competitive going forward, so whoever is on the new staff has a chance to sustain the standard of excellence that has gone back decades."
The move comes at a time when St. John's is expected to be one of the preseason favorites in 2024. It returns a strong top of the rotation in Brady Shea and Noah Basgaard to go with standout position players Jack Forgues and Brayden Mercier.