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Crockett baseball coach Lingerfelt resigns

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jun 29, 2018 at 4:41 PM

David Crockett is in the market for a new baseball coach once again.

Nick Lingerfelt confirmed he has resigned the position Friday, but said he did not want to elaborate on the decision. In the upcoming school year, he will be teaching at the elementary level in the Kingsport City Schools system. Lingerfelt said he will not be coaching.

Last summer, Lingerfelt was chosen as the Pioneers’ baseball coach. The former Dobyns-Bennett assistant coach replaced Scott Hagy.

When the Gerald Sensabaugh situation unfolded during football season — Sensabaugh was suspended and not reinstated — Lingerfelt eventually found himself as the head football coach for three games, including a playoff contest.

During the baseball season, the Pioneers were extremely competitive, but finished with a record of 9-22 after posting 15 one-run losses. Lingerfelt recently said the losing season was tough to handle.

David Crockett athletic director Josh Kite said there were no hard feelings.

“We wish him the best,” said Kite. “Nick’s a great guy, and we had a good relationship. In this day and time, family is the most important thing. You’ve got to make decisions that are best for your family. And he thought this was the best route to follow for his family and what suits them best. I respect it.”

Lingerfelt joined soccer coach Michael Smelser, who resigned earlier this year. So Crockett will be looking to replace both sports’ head coaches over the course of the summer.

“We are getting after it,” said Kite.

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