CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nitro baseball coach Steve Pritchard anounced via Facebook Wednesday that he had resigned from his post to become the vice principal at Chapmanville Regional.
Pritchard, who also stepped down from his position as Nitro's athletic director, graduated from Chapmanville in 1987. The school became part of Chapmanville Regional High in 2004, when it absorbed most of the enrollment of Harts after Lincoln County consolidated its high schools.
"I want to thank everyone for 12 great years at Nitro," Pritchard wrote in the announcement. "I have accepted the VP job at Chapmanville HS. I have been honored to have coached the great kids that have been there and to be involved in such a great community and school."
Pritchard added in a later comment that, "It took a great place like Chapmanville for me to even consider leaving Nitro. Both places are very dear to me."
The Wildcats enjoyed a six-year run as the Class AAA Region 4 champions from 2007 to 2012. In that time, Nitro won state championships in 2008 and 2010 led by teams that were highlighted by former Minnesota Twins' draft pick Chase Pickering, Kansas City Royals draft pick and current West Virginia Mountaineer Matt Frazer and current Arizona Diamondbacks Class A pitcher J.R. Bradley.
Pickering and Bradley won state player of the year honors in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
Pritchard leaves coaching with three state championships to his coaching credit. Prior to his arrival in Nitro he coached Sissonville to the Class AA title in 1996.