Things have moved quickly for newly appointed West Hall baseball coach Brannon Humphries since former Spartans coach Chad Sage announced his decision to step down from the position last week.
Humphries, who has worked with the team as an assistant for the past four years, knew immediately that he was interested. When he reached out to West Hall athletic director David Wagner over the weekend, he discovered the interest was mutual.
By Monday, he had accepted the position.
“It’s exciting,” Humphries said. “I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve got a great group of guys. Just excited for what the future holds with them.”
Humphries plans to bring high expectations to the team from a work ethic perspective, emphasizing that hard work can “make a world of difference” come game time.
After a down season that saw the Spartans go 7-20-1 on the year and 0-12 in region play, Humphries knows he has his work cut out for him. Still, he believes the team has potential to finish much higher next year.
“As long as you come in and you’re working hard every day, that makes a world of difference, especially in determining how much better you get or how many improvements you make from the effort that you’re putting into it,” Humphries said. “I think (the current West Hall players) do a good job of that. They’re always willing to learn, and that makes it exciting.”
Humphries added that this season the team saw several games get out of hand after one off inning, ruining an otherwise solid performance. Staying consistent throughout games will be a focus for the group as he hopes to lead them to success in 2020.
“Last year there were some games we were on, and there were games we were off,” he said. “Just trying to find some consistency, and being overall more consistent on a daily basis and always being prepared, physically and mentally, is key.”