Two years ago, Josh Latimer brought a series of expectations with him to Genoa-Kingston as its newest varsity baseball coach.
He was going to be intense. He was going to be upfront about what he wanted out of his players. His love of baseball would show consistently, and he was going to improve G-K baseball.
On Friday night, he sent in a letter of resignation to Genoa-Kingston athletic director Dirk Campbell, Latimer told the Daily Chronicle on Monday. With a self-professed intense style, Latimer was known as much for his passion as for his frequent arguments with umpires.
“It’s just one of those things where I honestly feel they weren’t ready for me, for my coaching style and what I had to bring to the table, getting kids ready for the collegiate level, trying to take kids to that level,” Latimer said. “The intensity that I have, it’s a program except for a handful of players, it’s one of those programs that isn’t ready for my coaching style.”
Campbell could not be reached for comment.
Latimer was 20-34 in two seasons with the Cogs, who went 14-13 in Latimer’s first season, the first winning season for G-K in 11 seasons.
A DeKalb graduate who pitched on the Barbs’ team that went to the state tournament in 1995, Latimer also was drafted by the Cubs in 1997. Latimer previously was an assistant coach with the Barbs and also led Indian Creek to a 38-18 record from 2002-03.
“I wish the kids the best of luck,” Latimer said. “I wish them luck in the future. I talked with some of the kids [Monday] and said that if anybody needs anything in the future, they have my phone number and my email and they can talk to me and I can help them with the recruiting process.
“I feel that a lot of progress was made. It stinks that it has to come down to this, to this resignation.”