YORK TWP. — When Buckeye athletic director Tom Harrington went shopping for a baseball coach, he was looking for someone to maintain the solid base Steve Wright built while also hoping to find someone to take the Bucks to the next level.
There’s a good chance he found that person in Mike Wolf.
“We received input from all of our players and parents and one of the things that kept coming back was that they wanted someone who has been involved with a winning high school program,” Harrington said. “They wanted someone who was a good communicator, somebody who was a very solid leader and knew how to run a program.
“As we matched up the input from the players and parents and went through the interview process, we found out Mike Wolf was that perfect fit.”
In six seasons with Buckeye, Wright went 98-90 and won Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division crowns in 2013 and 2016.
Wolf comes to the Bucks from Hillsdale, where he coached the Falcons to a 218-117 mark in 13 seasons. He won the Wayne County Athletic League five times and finished second four times.
He leaves Hillsdale after guiding the Falcons to a 20-5 mark and a share of the league crown with Waynedale in the spring.
“I’m super excited to get the opportunity to come to Buckeye and be a part of their program,” Wolf said. “What a great time to get in there. They’re building a brand new field and they have a young, energetic athletic director with a superintendent that’s a former baseball coach (Kent Morgan). I think everything is in place to take a step forward with the program.”
Still in the PAC for another season, the Bucks will join the Great Lakes Conference in 2019-20 and play the likes of Bay, Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Normandy, Parma, Rocky River and Valley Forge.
Wolf inherits a team hit hard by graduation but will have first-time All-PAC shortstop and honorable mention All-Gazette selection Jake Case ready to usher in the new era after a 10-14, 8-8 season and fourth-place finish in the Stars Division.
“One of the things that kind of came through in the interview process was that Mike was a baseball junkie,” Harrington said. “You could just tell he lives and breathes baseball. He’s very organized and has high expectations for his players on and off the field. You could sense that he was going to put his heart and soul into the program at all levels, youth and high school.”
Wolf, 59, is retired from General Motors and ended a 20-year stint at Hillsdale, where he was also a junior varsity coach and varsity assistant.
“I certainly plan on being visible, not just during baseball season, but football season, basketball season and in the summertime,” Wolf said. “I’ll be around the youth program anyway I can to help the program become a better feeder-type system for the next level. Obviously, I’m jumping into a situation that I’m not super familiar with. I’m hoping I meet and have a lot of new friends.”