There are few things more important to Jeremy Shope in life than baseball. But the thing that trumps his love for the game, that has been a part of nearly his entire life, is his family, which is why he made the decision to step down from his position as the Mercer County Titans baseball coach last week.
“I have been honored to be the baseball coach at Mercer County. I treasure the friendships that I have made with my coaching staff, players, parents, opposing coaches and media. I have also worked with awesome administration. I love the game of baseball because of many reasons,” said Shope. “But it really hit me hard after my daughter (Kelsey) finished her junior year of high school. I couldn’t believe that she was really going to be a senior. I have another daughter (Lindsey) that’s going to be a freshman. They both play fast pitch softball. They are going to be on the same team for the first time in their lives. It has been a difficult decision. I finally came to a conclusion that I would rather regret giving up coaching than regret missing my daughters senior year while playing with her sister.”
Shope, who has been the Titans coach since the merger of Harrodbsurg High School and Mercer County High School in 2006, led Mercer County Senior High School to a 211-111 record, three region championships and two state runner-up finishes during his time as head coach.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have some really good baseball teams. We play in a very tough district and region. We’ve had to compete against schools that are three times our size, but I’m very proud to look back and know that we could compete with the state’s biggest and best,” said Shope.
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