Edmond Santa Fe’s last-minute search for a baseball coach is over.
The Wolves are set to hire Southmoore assistant coach Ryan Phillips, Edmond Santa Fe Athletic Director Barry Blagowsky told The Oklahoman.
The hiring is not official until the Edmond Public Schools board meeting on Sept. 3, but Blagowsky said the board is aware of the recommendation and is expected to approve the hire.
Moore Public Schools is also prepared to release Phillips from his contract.
“It solves our dilemma and gives us somebody we’re really excited about and I think can be excited about for a long time, but it puts a hardship on them,” Blagowsky said. “We don’t want that for anybody so we appreciate them working with us and getting it all worked out.”
Blagowsky added the hope is to introduce Phillips to the Santa Fe players Tuesday.
Phillips replaces Jeff Shafer, who resigned at the beginning of August to take the athletic director and baseball coach position at Tecumseh.
Phillips joined the Southmoore staff in 2008, Baglowsky said.
He graduated from Altus and was drafted in 2004 out of Barton County Community College by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round as a pitcher. He played three seasons in the minor leagues.
He also played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Santa Fe before moving to Altus. This is his first head coaching job.
“I think it’s a really good scenario for us,” Blagowsky said. “I think he’s fiercely loyal and he’s very passionate about baseball.”