PITTSFIELD >> The Pittsfield Public Schools has had to make a turn and hire a new baseball coach at Pittsfield High School.
Seamus Morrison, who had been the junior varsity coach under the now-retired Bob Moynihan, will serve as interim head coach this spring. Morrison replaces Tom Rizzo, who was hired in the December.
"I'm excited about the chance to coach players that I've coached for a few years now," Morrison said.
Rizzo had been hired by Pittsfield after a lengthy search following Moynihan's announced retirement in the spring of 2015.
"Coach Rizzo resigned from the position, and we have appointed Seamus Morrison on an interim basis for the spring, 2016 season," said Pittsfield Public Schools athletic director Jim Abel.
As to the reason for the change, Abel would only say that it was "personal reasons.
"It is a personnel issue on our end, so we cannot comment out of respect and privacy for our employees."
Morrison said he understands that this is basically an audition, but it was something he wasn't thinking about.
"I had planned on coming back as the JV coach for another year," Morrison said when reached Friday night.
The new PHS baseball coach played baseball for Moynihan, and then went to MCLA, where he played four years of baseball for former coach Jeff Puleri.
"Seamus was a really good program guy for us," Puleri said. "His best attribute was being upbeat and being a great teammate.
"Hopefully, he'll instill that in the Pittsfield team."
This will be a one-year audition for Morrison, because the search for a permanent coach will begin anew.
"We are going to repost the position regardless in the fall of 2016," said Abel. "Coach Morrison understands that it's a one-year, interim basis.
"Given the circumstances, we'd like to repost it."