TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) - Matt Raleigh led the Maine-Endwell softball program to back-to-back state championships as its head coach. Now, Raleigh is set to take over the baseball program at M-E following Gary Crooks retirement at the end of last season.
Raleigh spent nine seasons playing minor league baseball after being selected in the 14th round of the MLB draft by the Montreal Expos. In 1997, Raleigh was a Binghamton Met and hit a Binghamton baseball franchise record 37 home runs. Raleigh says making the switch from softball to baseball is all about family.
"I enjoyed it," said Maine-Endwell head baseball coach Matt Raleigh. "I enjoyed the last five years of coaching softball. It was tremendous. Both of my daughters have now gone on away from the program and with my three boys, I've actually missed a lot of their games because I've been coaching softball. So, if I continued to coach softball, I probably wouldn't see my boys play any high school games at all. So, it was an easy decision for me."
The search is underway for Maine-Endwell's next softball coach.