DuBOIS — When Andy Sayers decided to step away from the DuBois Central Catholic baseball program in the offseason, the school was forced to find a new coach to take over a team still loaded with talent.
And, the school filled that void in under the radar fashion late in 2017 despite hiring a well-known, local baseball commodity in Adam Fox — who is making his first venture into coaching at the high school level.
Fox takes over a Cardinal program that returns a vast majority of its starting lineup from last year’s 13-5 squad that lost a heartbreaking 2-1 District 9 Class A quarterfinal game at Oswayo Valley. Back from that team are the likes of Justin Miknis, Thomas Grecco, Brandon Walker, Garrett Prosper and Noah Bloom among others. Most were part of DCC’s D-9 title team two years ago.
Fox also kept some continuity with the program as he retained Dan Miknis and Denny Haag as assistant coaches while also bringing on board Dan Wascovich, better know as “Wookie” by those who follow the Fed League.
“To put it lightly, I’m really excited to work with the group of kids that I’m kind of falling into and to work with Dan (Miknis), Wookie and Denny Haag,” said Fox following an open gym at the Baseball Bank. “It’s always a group effort, and Dan (Miknis) has free reign with these kids if he sees something. He knows them and has coached them (in past years).
“I just want to help these kids get a little different perspective, and I think that’s one thing I’ll be able to offer, perspective, just from my background in the game and understanding the shoes that they are in right now and how they feel.
“The big thing is there is already a foundation in place here. It’s so nice to walk into a group that is already 1. disciplined, 2. has the work ethic, and 3. is humble. They help each other out, and there’s not a lot chest pumping and I’m better than you.
“I really expect the highest accomplishments for this group just based on their character.”
Fox, a 2000 graduate of St. Marys Area High School, played collegiately at Ohio University before spending nine seasons (2003-11) in the Minor Leagues with the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.
After retiring from professional baseball, Fox came back to the area has been a staple for the Sykesville Senators in the Federation League ever since. In recent years, he has coached for the DuBois Little League — both at the league and All-Star levels — for teams that his son Brayden plays on.