CROSSROADS — Looks like the Roadrunners are in the market for a new baseball coach.
Co-head coaches Matt Amido and Pat Armstrong announced on Monday that both would be leaving the program, sending Crossroads High School administrators seeking candidates to replace them.
“Baseball for me is 100 percent,” Armstrong said. “Other things get left behind until that is done. To have a good team, baseball is never done.”
Armstrong said that finances had a part to play in his decision, with work — not coaching — becoming a priority in his future. Amido was unavailable for comment.
The pair leaves behind a team that reached the semi-final of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 6 playoffs last year. The Roadrunners finished the season 19-8 overall and a perfect 8-0 in Delphic League play.
“This is very unfortunate for us,” said Trudy Cano, Crossroads’ athletic administrator. “We’re sad to see them go.”
Cano said the search for a replacement is on and that the new coach would be a walk-on only and not instruct classes. Armstrong was a walk-on, Amino taught one class at the school
Armstrong and Amido had served as co-head coaches for the past two seasons. Previously, Armstrong had been the junior varsity coach. He coached at the school for five years. Amido was with the school for a decade, Cano said.
“It’s a clean end,” Armstrong said. “Hopefully it will be a clean beginning for the new coach.”
Armstrong added that although he’s sad to go, he feels the Roadrunners’ senior leadership should serve the team well during this transition. That group includes pitchers Holden Miller and Max Robinson, who figure to be the team’s two top hurlers next season.
While Armstrong wasn’t exactly sure what would be his next venture, he said it would likely be in the music industry. He had previously done promotions for record companies and even owned an independent label in the 1990s.
“I would make baseball my number one thing if I could make a living doing it,” Armstrong said. “It’s a tough decision to make.”