Casey Erickson has been hired as the next head coach for the Glenwood High School varsity baseball team, with formal approval given at last week’s Ball-Chatham Board of Education meeting.

Erickson, currently an assistant coach on Pat Moomey’s staff at GHS, will succeed Moomey as head coach following the upcoming season.

Moomey, who has been the head coach at Glenwood since 1986, is retiring following the 2020 high school baseball season. 

Moomey currently sits in third place on the all-time wins list in the state of Illinois and is seven victories shy of 900 for his 35-year head coaching career.

“I’m definitely thrilled, it’s something that I’ve wanted,” Erickson told the Clarion. “With that said, my duties as head coach don’t take over until 2021. I don’t want to look too far ahead. I’m very excited about this season and this varsity group and we’ve got high expectations this year, so I want to take every chance I can get to learn from Pat and observe everything from him that I can.”

Erickson, who has coached the GHS freshmen the past three years, will move up to the varsity assistant position this season. He is a 2004 Glenwood graduate who played four years on the varsity for Moomey and the Titans.

“Pat’s a baseball guru and this town has been very lucky to have him for so long,” Erickson stated. “He’s done a tremendous job with the players and he’s done so much for the baseball community here. Obviously, I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m up for the task.”

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