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Norcross announces baseball coach

Left with a void at baseball coach during the school year, Norcross found a replacement within the Gwinnett County Public Schools system.

The Blue Devils announced the hiring Wednesday of current Lanier assistant coach Jonathan Wyman as their new head baseball coach. He replaces longtime Norcross coach Andy Collins, who resigned in late August to take a job at Tusculum College. Collins had been the Blue Devils' coach since 2004.

"We liked his enthusiasm and his knowledge of the game," Norcross athletic director Kirk Barton said of Wyman. "You can tell he's very passionate about both baseball and the students."

Wyman is currently coaching with Lanier's fastpitch softball team, as well as serving as associate head coach of the Longhorns' baseball program. He will only work with the baseball team at Norcross.

Prior to joining Lanier when the school opened, Wyman spent four years with North Gwinnett's baseball program working with catchers, corner infielders and hitters. He named the Gwinnett Dugout Club's assistant coach of the year in 2009.

The 28-year-old inherits a Norcross program that had been competitive under Collins, who had a 98-69 career record with the Blue Devils.

"I'm just blessed to have the stars aligned to get (this job)," said Wyman, a Chattahoochee High grad who played baseball at Presbyterian College.

"Coach Collins was fortunate enough to pursue his dream job and coach in college and now I'm fortunate enough to pursue my dream of being a high school head coach."

Wyman plans to finish the softball season with Lanier, but expects to transfer to Norcross as a teacher within a few weeks. He teaches special education.