Wagner resigns as Generals coach
Feb. 25, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.
Ryan Wagner will not return as manager of the Victoria Generals in the 2012 season.
Earlier this week, the Yoakum High graduate and former major-league pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals told team management he accepted an outside sales position with a local oil and gas company. That new position would have limited his availability for the upcoming Texas Collegiate League season.
The Generals finished with a 28-31 record under Wagner, finishing in fifth place and out of the TCL playoffs. Wagner became the team's second head coach after Chris Clemons stepped down after two seasons. Wagner was offered a contract to return at the end of the 2011 season, but a decision on whether he would sign it was not made until this week.
The team's general manager, Blake Koch, said it hopes to have a new coach in place as soon as next month. Koch said the team has as many as five people they are interested in hiring to replace Wagner.
One of those men is former Wagner assistant Shorty Cook, who is also Hallettsville's head baseball coach. Koch said the potential replacements are a mixture of high school coaches, college coaches and those with pro experience.
"The biggest part about our team and our league is player development," Koch said. "Sure, we definitely want to win. We want kids to come play for us that will get better when they play for us, and the learning experience they have with our coach will allow them to do that."
The Generals expect to name a third manager in franchise history sometime in March.