Moynihan ‘humbled' by official retention as Pittsfield HS baseball coach
PITTSFIELD -- Bob Moynihan will officially return this season as Pittsfield High School's baseball coach.
Pittsfield Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless released a statement to The Eagle on Friday evening, confirming Moynihan's return for a 32nd season as the Generals' head coach.
"With the good of our students, the school and team itself as the drivers of the decision, athletic and administrative staff will work and meet collaboratively with the coaching staff to ensure we begin the 2014 season on the same page and can move forward together for the good of our student athletes," McCandless' statement read in part.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Moynihan was retained following a meeting with School Committee members earlier this week. Moynihan had filed a grievance through the United Educators of Pittsfield in an attempt to retain his job, which was vacated in the fall. That grievance was rescinded once it was clear Moynihan would keep his job.
Moynihan, speaking with The Eagle on Friday night, said he was "relieved" and glad the process was over.
"It was a long time," he said. "I'm glad that things worked out to my favor, with a lot of help from a lot of people. A lot of people stepped forward with a lot of support. I'm just overwhelmed by that.
"I'm humbled by the whole thing."
Aside from the emailed press release, neither McCandless nor Pittsfield Schools Athletic Director Jim Abel could be reached for comment Friday.
School Committee member Josh Cutler sent a message to The Eagle on Friday night, stating he was "happy with the ultimate outcome of the situation.
"Good communication amongst the parties and some wisdom led to a very equitable solution," Cutler wrote. "I'm happy that this has been settled so that the coaching staff can now focus their attention on their preparations for what will hopefully be another winning season under the helm of Coach Moynihan."
Moynihan said he found out either in late October or early November that he wasn't going to be rehired as baseball coach. He approached the UEP and filed a grievance, which reached Level 3. That, Moynihan said, triggered a meeting with a subcommittee of the School Committee.
Moynihan said he was notified at the meeting that he would be kept as coach, but declined to comment on any other details of the meeting.
The coach said he received support from a lot of sources after details of the situation first emerged via The Eagle's website on Dec. 30. He said many county baseball coaches, members of the county's baseball umpires association, former players and their parents and other coaches and administrators inside and outside Pittsfield sent him messages of support.
"The way it happened, I guess I'd use the word ‘blindsided,' " the coach said. "It takes a while to digest all that. ... I did my job. So I [filed the grievance] with the thought that other coaches are going to go through the same thing. You have to take a stand in what you believe in."
As McCandless' statement read, Moynihan will meet with administrators -- specifically mentioning Abel and Pittsfield High School Principal Matthew Bishop -- and "just see where we're at with everything," he said. "There are certainly a lot of questions with the season not too far away."
Moynihan did note that he doesn't see "any drastic changes" on the way for the program.
"We're just going to go out, try to do the best we can ... and hopefully the kids have a good experience and enjoy the season," the coach said.
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