LINDEN — After five seasons at the helm of the North Montgomery baseball program, and posting an 84-58-1 record, Matt Merica is stepping away to spend more time with his family. He will remain as North Montgomery’s athletic director — a position he’s held since 2006.
Merica has three kids, including his son, Mitch, who plays college baseball at Franklin.
“I am stepping down as the Charger baseball coach to spend more time with my family,” Merica told the Journal Review on Monday evening. “It’s been a great five years. I’ve been fortunate to work with outstanding coaches, players, and parents. I’m extremely thankful to Dr. Moran, Mr. Cox and the school board for allowing me to coach. I loved every minute of it.”
After replacing Matt Voorhees in 2015, Merica had immediate success by posting an 18-9-1 record in his first season. Merica had a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 24-6 record in 2016, but the Chargers lost to Frankfort in the sectional semi-final. Last spring he guided the Chargers to a record of 20-10 and their first sectional title since 2001. This spring North Montgomery went 7-20 — their first losing season since 2011.
The search will now begin for the next North Montgomery baseball coach.