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Former Mount Zion baseball coach Kelcey White has accepted a similar position at Dutchtown, which is closer to where he lives.
Calling it a “major family decision,” Mount Zion coach Kelcey White has accepted the head baseball coaching position at Dutchtown High.
White replaces Michael Breedlove, who took a similar position at Westlake High in South Fulton county.
White is a Henry County resident, who stays near the Dutchtown district.
“It’s a great opportunity, and I thank God for allowing me to be in a position to accept this job,” said White, who spent the last four years at Mount Zion.
The new coach will inherit a team that is coming off a school record 17 wins and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs for the first time in school history. Dutchtown returns about eight players next season, but county pitcher of the year Riley Presnell has graduated.
Still, White is excited about the prospects of next season.
“I told the team when I met with them that we are a championship caliber team,” White said. “I feel we should be in the mix for a playoff position next season. I think we have a good chance to advance. We can take it to the next level.”
At Mount Zion, White inherited a doormat program that had never been to the state playoffs. In 2012, Mount Zion made history as it earned a state playoff berth.
“At Mount Zion we saw four years of growth,” he said. “I’m leaving the program in better shape than I found it. I hope they hire a baseball person to continue the growth.”
Breedlove said the school made a good decision in hiring White.
“He is a good coach, and I know he will do well,” Breedlove said.
Mount Zion is slated to return five to six starters next season, which made part of the decision to leave difficult.
“It is definitely a blessing to be about to see a team grow,” White said. “We did a lot with a little resources at Mount Zion. I had a group of dedicated players. I think it is going to be a smooth transition for me at Dutchtown.
“This is a baseball community with some good facilities. The parents and players seem excited about our chances.”
The team will begin offseason conditioning next week.
White is the third coach in the last two months to be hired in the Dutchtown athletic program.