After 20 seasons, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School head baseball coach Mike Barhorst is retiring.
“There have been no regrets,” said Barhorst. “I’ve had wonderful team parents over the years and have made many friends. I even met my current wife, Lisa, because of CJ baseball. I will always be a CJ Eagle!”
Barhorst, a 1985 graduate of the school, currently has a 144-113 overall coaching record.
“The early years were a struggle,” Barhorst laughed.
Most recently, though, Barhorst and the Eagles won the 2018 Division II state tournament. The 2019 team has a record of 20-2 this year and is ranked first in the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association as they head into tournament play.
During his tenure as head coach, the Eagles won numerous GCL North, sectional and regional titles. In 2017, the Eagles made it to the final four of the state tournament.
“We hadn’t been there in 42 years and there was a lot of attention paid to us that season,” Barhorst said. “The fact that my son, Mark, was a senior on that team and my oldest son was a coach with me made it even more special.”
Barhorst shared that some of his favorite memories of coaching for the Eagles included being able to coach his sons - Todd ‘10, Daniel ‘12 and Mark ‘17.
“That is one of the main reasons I’ve done it for so long,” Barhorst explained.
Barhorst concluded, “My words of wisdom for the future players and program is to remember our formula for success — pitching and defense wins championships.”
Posted May 14, 2019