North Hall High baseball coach Trent Mongero is leaving the program to take over the same position at Glynn Academy, he announced Tuesday.
“On one side of the equation, we feel like we are following God’s will for our family’s life with this opportunity,” Mongero said. “On the flip side, we have to say goodbye to a community and a program that we have sunk our lives into for the last 11 years.”
A little more than a month ago, he led the Trojans to their first-ever state championship with a sweep of Pierce County in Savannah. Georgia Dugout Preview Magazine named Mongero its Class 3A Coach of the Year following the season.
Mongero interviewed for the Glynn Academy job Monday and was offered the position later that day. After much reflection and prayer with his wife Sonya, Mongero decided to leave northeast Georgia for the Brunswick-based school.
He said he was swayed by the opportunity for a new challenge, the financial benefits of the position and a desire to return to the Atlantic coast after starting his family in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Mongero also said Glynn Academy’s state-of-the-art athletic complex set to be completed this spring played a role in his decision to accept the position there. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s foundation donated 10 of the 16.1 acres upon which the facility will be built, and he will assist in funding its construction.
The complex will reportedly include a 13,000-square foot indoor batting and pitching facility.
Still, Mongero emphatically expressed his immense gratitude for the North Hall community and said he’ll continue rooting for the team.
“My family and I are absolutely thankful and appreciative for the opportunity at North Hall,” Mongero said. “They hired me from another state and took a chance on a young coach 11 years ago. They believed that we could come in here and build a program that had limited success.”
That’s just what the coach did, overseeing a period of unprecedented success for a program that had never advanced past the second round of the state playoffs.
The Trojans qualified for the playoffs every year since 2011 and were state runner-up in 2013 and a state quarterfinalist in 2015.
But Mongero’s biggest success came this season, when he engineered a 10-game playoff winning streak after his team went 1-6 to close the regular season and lost its playoff opener. North Hall finished the year ranked 37th in the country, per the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Mongero replaces outgoing Red Terrors coach Greg Roberts, who accepted the same position at Frederica Academy earlier this month.