PITTSFIELD -- Bob Moynihan apparently will be back for a 32nd year as Pittsfield High School baseball coach.
Moynihan, whose coaching position was vacated and posted publicly in late December, was retained following a meeting with School Committee members earlier this week, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Moynihan allegedly filed a grievance with the United Educators of Pittsfield, and sources indicate that he has agreed to rescind the grievance in order to retain his coaching job.
School administrators -- including Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless -- and committee members at this time have declined to confirm anything on the record, as has the coach. An official announcement is expected Friday.
Moynihan has been with the PHS baseball program for 35 years, 31 of those as head coach. His teams have reached the postseason in all but four of his years as head coach, with four Western Mass. championships and a state runner-up finish in that time span.
In a late December conversation with The Eagle, Moynihan indicated that he never resigned from the position. In The Eagle's Jan. 11 edition, Moynihan also said he submitted an application in writing twice for the position -- once in an end-of-season form given to coaches, where he noted his wish to return, and again this fall, when he was informed the job would be publicly posted.
The decision to open the position was widely discussed in city sports circles, with many writing letters to both school administrators and School Committee members in favor of keeping Moynihan.
Others voiced their desire to see a change in the program, but only one person, a Pittsfield player speaking anonymously, was willing to go on record with The Eagle to voice his concerns in the Jan. 11 article.