PITTSFIELD -- When the Pittsfield Suns take the field in June 2013, they will do it with someone new guiding the team.
Jamie Keefe, who was the team's general manager and field manager for its inaugural season, is giving up both positions to take a job as the assistant head coach at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He will remain in his positions in Pittsfield until the end of the month.
Keefe, who was a coach and a manager with the Pittsfield Colonials during the team's Can-Am League tenure, led the Suns to a 27-25 season in their inaugural Futures Baseball League season.
Keefe said the offer was too good to pass up, and said it was as much a personal decision as a professional one. This way, he can be with his sons Brigham and Brooks more often.
"I'm almost 3 1/2 hours from my boys" in Pittsfield, Keefe said during a meeting in his office Wednesday. "The Goldklang Group has been wonderful, and every Friday they let me take off at 11 a.m. to go get them. It's still very tough. I don't get to see as many games as I want. I don't get to go to practices. Those are things I'm not able to do."
Keefe will be replacing Keith Beauregard, who has accepted a Division I coaching position at Santa Clara University. Beauregard was Keefe's bench coach in 2011 with the Pittsfield Colonials.
Kevin McGuire, who was the assistant general manager in the team's first season, will slide into the general manager's position. McGuire said the team hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving.
"It's bittersweet for the franchise," Suns owner Jeff Goldklang said in a statement. "You never want to lose a great baseball man, but his work has left us on very solid footing."
Keefe said that he would continue to work at putting together a roster for the 2013 season. He said there are agreements with several players, and the rest of the roster should be falling into place.
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