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Rick Mellor to Step Down

 Rick Mellor has decided to retire as head varsity baseball coach at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Rick has coached our varsity baseball team for the past 32 years, and in many ways has been the heart and soul of this program. Rick is a highly respected baseball coach and is considered one of the best teacher-coaches in theDelawareValley. Rick has had many accomplishments during his coaching career. Rick’s overall record includes 451 wins and 198 losses. In Inter-Ac competition, Rick has a record of 216 wins and 124 losses. His teams have won 12 league titles and onePennsylvaniaIndependentSchoolState title. He has developed countless players who have gone on to play collegiate baseball and/or major league baseball. Among the most well known are Mark Gubicza OPC ’81 and Ruben Amaro Jr. OPC ’83. Rick has been contemplating this decision for several years, but only recently does he feel the time is right; a primary consideration is his own family and his desire to be more available to two children as they complete their high school years. We are very pleased that Rick will continue as a faculty member and assistant coach for varsity football.

It is important to Penn Charter and Rick that there is a seamless transition to new coaching leadership at Penn Charter. For that very reason, we are excited to announce the hiring of Jon Cross as co-head coach for varsity baseball this season. Jon is an experienced baseball man who most recently has been an assistant varsity baseball coach at theUniversityofPennsylvania. Jon is well known within our league as well as the regional baseball community. Jon’s high school experience includes nine years coaching atGermantownAcademy, where he was associate head baseball coach from 2002 to 2007. Jon is a tireless worker who cares deeply about baseball and the values learned by playing the game. He will be a valuable partner with Rick in his final season. This arrangement will also allow time for Jon’s adjustment to Penn Charter, as we hope he will continue as sole head coach upon Rick’s retirement next June.

 We are also pleased that Kenny Devenney OPC ’01 has agreed to continue as an assistant coach for varsity baseball. We feel this will provide more stability for this program and insure an outstanding coaching staff for the team this upcoming season.


Posted by on Thursday September, 15, 2011 at 03:57PM

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