"Just the everyday interrelationships with them and preparing them for the game will be missed."
Bailey came to West Virginia State as a student in 1964, where he played football alongside his brother Jim.
But baseball was Cal Bailey's first athletic love.
After garnering all-conference honors during his sophomore season in 1966, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He left professional baseball in 1971 and returned to State, where he was hired as the Recruitment Coordinator for Admissions.
During his tenure at State, Bailey said he has received "lots of other" collegiate and professional job offers, but never really considered leaving his alma mater.
"I was offered a Division I job in 1998 and was assured by the Vice President and the Athletic Director that we could be middle of the pack in the conference and they'd be happy. I asked them, 'What would I do after thirty losses? I can't sleep after one loss'
"Sid Thrift, the scout the signed me, offered me a job in professional ball when he was Pittsburgh's general manager, but West Virginia State is honestly the only place I ever wanted to coach. They gave me my budget and trusted me to do the right thing. I've been very, very lucky and I couldn't ask for anything more."
At last count Bailey had 82 former players that were now professional, collegiate, high school or middle school coaches.
Seeing his former pupils succeed has also been a pleasure for Bailey, one he will continue to enjoy after stepping down.
"It really makes me feel good to watch all the players that are now high school coaches. I like to see them play and watch them compete with their pride and their way of handling themselves. That's really refreshing to me."
Current St. Albans Coach and former Yellow Jackets second baseman Rick Whitman was surprised by the news.
"When you think about West Virginia State, you think about Cal Bailey," Whitman said. "He's built that program to what it is.
"The big thing Cal prides himself on is being a teacher. Not only has he taught a lot of guys baseball, he's taught a lot of guys how to be good people. Just look that the guys that played for him that are now coaches."
Whitman played at State from 1992-96. He has been the coach at St. Albans since 1998. Other Kanawha Valley coaches who learned the game under Bailey include Nitro's Steve Pritchard and Buffalo's Jimmy Tribble.
"That's the ultimate compliment to a coach, when you coach people and they want to go on and do what you did for them," Whitman said. "That speaks volumes for what he has accomplished over there. West Virginia State baseball won't be the same without Cal, that's for sure."
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