After serving as an assistant coach at University and Northwood, Kevin Conlin was hoping to get a chance to be a head baseball coach one day.
Conlin, the son of former University head baseball coach Chris Conlin, will get that chance at Estancia. He was named last week to be the school’s head varsity baseball coach.
“I’m really excited; I had my first week last week and things are moving forward,” Conlin said. “I think I’ve put in my dues as an assistant coach and I think I’ve been ready for a few years.
“This opportunity was a great fit and everything just kind of came together. The facilities are great, the administration is great and it’s a great community and they really support all of the high schools.”
Conlin, 34, will take over for Nate Goellrich, who has been the head baseball coach at Estancia for six years. He is now in his third year as athletic director. Estancia was 16-13 overall last season and finished third in the Orange Coast League with a 9-6 record.
“We are excited to have Kevin as our new baseball coach,” Goellrich said. “His coaching experience along with his playing experience we feel will be a great fit with our baseball program. We feel with his leadership abilities that he will continue to grow and improve our baseball program.
“I stepped down because I am the athletic director at Estancia High School and I wanted to focus on that role as well as spend more time with my family (I have a one and a half year old daughter).”
Conlin said he will be a walk-on coach at first but hopes to eventually land a teaching spot within the district.
Conlin said he received support from his father, Chris, while he was pursuing the job. The two worked together as assistant coaches at Northwood last year.
“He was pumped up for me, he really was,” Conlin said. “I’m going to ask him to be part of the staff and I think he’s going to accept that role and I think we’re going to spend more time together which is good, but he’s really happy.”
Conlin said he is looking forward to coaching his new…