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Baseball: Loyola's Brian Felten is in final season as coach

A couple weeks ago, Brian Felten, in his eighth season as baseball coach at Los Angeles Loyala, was called into a meeting with school administrators and told his contract would not be renewed after this season.

But he could remain as coach through the 2013 season.

"I'm doing it for my guys," said Felten, who guided the Cubs to a Southern Section championship in 2007. "I'm lame duck. I have 22 guys to worry about getting them through the year."

Felten said he was told he "didn't fit the culture of Loyola."

"It was a total surprise to me," he said. "I'm really disappointed in the administration's decision."

Loyola is 10-8 and challenging for first place in the Mission League with a 3-1 record. More troubling for Felten is that he bought a new house in December, has two young kids under the age of 3 and will need a new job.

He said his players have been told it will be his final season.

It's going to be a challenging year for the players and their coach.

-- Eric Sondheimer


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