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Meadowcreek announces baseball coaching change

Meadowcreek baseball coach Bond Crosby

Meadowcreek baseball coach Bond Crosby

Meadowcreek announced a change in its baseball program Thursday, with Bond Crosby taking over for Chris Reeves as head coach.

Reeves, who coached the Mustangs' baseball program for eight years, has accepted a job at Lanier to be closer to his family, Meadowcreek athletic director Don Einolf said. He will be replaced by Crosby, a varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach for the Mustangs and a former player at Valdosta High.

"(Reeves) has done a great job, it was a family decision for him (to leave)," Einolf said. "It's closer to home and he has a young son. He's been a valuable coach and a valuable member of our athletic program. ... (Crosby) is young, energetic. I see him being a program builder. And when I say program builder, I mean building on what we've already started and taking us back into region play and making us competitive."

Meadowcreek, which has played a non-region schedule in recent years, plans a Region 7-AAAAAA schedule for the 2014 season, a direct result of improvements in the program. This season has been one of the Mustangs' best in recent memory, while facility upgrades and player participation also have risen greatly under Reeves.

For the first time in years, Meadowcreek had enough players this season to field a JV team. Crosby will lose only one senior to graduation off this year's team.

Crosby has coached football, baseball and girls basketball in his two seasons at Meadowcreek. It's his first stint in education, though he coached youth baseball teams in the Augusta area while working in the insurance business before taking a job at Meadowcreek. In football, he won the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett's Tally Johnson Award as assistant coach of the year last season.

"I think it will be a great opportunity (to be head coach)," the 27-year-old said. "I'm stepping into something that's on the upswing. Coach Reeves has done a great job. Hopefully I can continue it and keep things moving forward. I'm going to have some big shoes to fill."

THE CROSBY FILE

Name: Bond Crosby

New position: Head baseball coach at Meadowcreek

Former position: Assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Meadowcreek

Age: 27

Career record: First head coaching job

Education: Graduated from Valdosta High School in 2003; earned degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice from Georgia College and State University in 2008

Background: Worked in insurance prior to taking job as political systems teacher at Meadowcreek for the 2011-12 school year; has coached baseball and football for the Mustangs the past two seasons, as well as girls basketball last season; won the Tally Johnson Award as assistant coach of the year from the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett last season; coached youth baseball teams while working in the Augusta area in insurance

Family: Single