RUPERT • Ben Frank has resigned as head baseball coach at Minico High School.
Frank, who led Minico to two Class 4A state championships, lost his job as a biology teacher at the end of the school year when Minidoka School District cut 19 teaching positions. The district would have allowed Frank to keep the coaching job.
However, Frank found employment outside of education and says time constraints won’t allow him to continue coaching.
“I decided to hang ‘em up,” Frank said. “(There’s) just not enough time to do it the right way with the new job.”
Frank had hoped to find a flexible job that would allow him to continue coaching, but he said not being able to dedicate the same amount of time and effort into the program wouldn’t be fair to the kids.
In 10 seasons as Minico’s coach, Frank had a 221-76 overall record (.744 winning percentage), led the Spartans to eight state tournament appearances and earned seven pieces of state hardware, including state titles in 2005 and 2009.
As far as the timing, Frank said he wanted to make the decision as early as possible to allow the new coach time to settle in.
“I’m not sure what route they’re going to go (with the new hire),” Frank said. “I definitely think they’ll probably keep it in-house since they already have a couple candidates that way.”
Frank said he’s happy to leave the cupboard full for Minico’s next coach. The Spartans will return seven starters, including their top three pitchers, and a talented crop of underclassmen.
“It’s a good group. This would be a perfect year to get out because it’s going to be a talented team that’s going to have a chance to make a run,” Frank said. “And it’s also a great parent group; the parents that are on right now are really good, so whoever is the new coach will have great parents to work with.”