Brent Lockhart is stepping down as head coach of the James Wood baseball team after six seasons.

The 2003 James Wood graduate said in a phone interview on Thursday he decided not to seek a renewal of his contract.

"I've been there for 12 years," said Lockhart, who spent one year as a volunteer JV assistant coach and five years as the JV head coach before taking on the varsity head job in 2014. "I've dedicated a lot of time and hours. I felt like did my job to the best of my ability, and it's time to move on."

Lockhart's teams went 12-8 in each of his first two seasons, but the Colonels posted losing records in each of the past four seasons. James Wood went 7-14 this year, the fewest wins of Lockart's tenure, to give him a final record of 59-67.

"I appreciate all that Coach Lockhart did with the program," said James Wood coordinator of student activities Craig Woshner, who added that he hopes to have the varsity head job position posted today or Monday.

Lockhart said he's not sure what his coaching future holds, but he's going to take a break for the foreseeable future.

The former West Virginia University baseball player said he's definitely glad he got the chance to work at his alma mater.

"It meant everything to me to able to come back after graduating from WVU and playing baseball there to come back to the high school that I graduated from, and give the knowledge that I've been given over the years to young kids of today," Lockhart said.

While James Wood had its fewest wins under Lockhart this year, Lockhart said the Colonels weren't far off from having a much better season. Eight of their losses came by two runs or less.

"We were in just about every game," said Lockhart, whose team boasted three seniors this year. "We were very young. There's a lot of young talent at the foreground. I'm sure the next guy coming into the program will be very blessed."

— Contact Robert Niedzwiecki at rniedzwiecki@winchesterstar.com

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Benjie

This story seems a little fishy also.

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