PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield High School is looking for a baseball coach -- but the team's longtime leader would like to remain in that position.

The Pittsfield Public Schools opened the position on its website as of Dec. 19, with an application deadline of Jan. 9. Bob Moynihan, however, says he never resigned as coach, and has applied for the job he's held for 31 years.

In a phone conversation Monday night, Pittsfield Public Schools Athletic Director Jim Abel said PPS is hoping to have a coach in place by the end of the month.

"We expect we'll receive applications that will result in a quality pool of candidates," he said.

Abel, however, declined comment regarding the circumstances of the coaching position being vacated, noting that it is a personnel issue at this point.

Moynihan also declined further comment on the issue, citing the "current situation and where we are right now with this whole process."

Moynihan, an inductee in the UNICO Berkshire County Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the CIAO Berkshire County Soccer Hall of Fame, has been with the PHS baseball program for 35 years. Last season, his 31st as head coach, the Generals went 12-9, falling in the first round of the Western Mass. Division I tournament.

Pittsfield has reached the Western Mass. tournament in all but four years of Moynihan's tenure as coach. The Generals have won four sectional championships under Moynihan, reaching a state championship game in 2004.

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