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Baseball: Berrington criticizes Taft decision

October 2, 2008 |  2:43 pm

Sorry to add to the controversy over the Taft baseball program, but former Coach Chuck Berrington said Thursday he was "totally disappointed" in the decision of the school to pass up on two veteran coaches in favor of a Pony youth coach with no prior high school coaching experience.

Berrington, who resigned to become coach at Newbury Park for family reasons,  said three times he offered to help Principal Sharon Thomas in the process of finding a replacement.

"I wanted what was  best for the program," he said.

A committee made up of parents, players and teachers joined with Thomas in deciding that Scott Osder from West Hills Pony baseball should be the coach.

The decision is final, so it's time to move on, but come the spring, it will be appropriate to evaluate everyone involved in the decision.

-- Eric Sondheimer