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Longtime assistant takes over at SSHS for Bosco
by Aaron Retherford
Feb 21, 2011 | 705 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Longtime SSHS baseball coach Mike Bosco is handing over the team this year to Ben Hofmann, his assistant for 10 years.
Tribune file photo - Longtime SSHS baseball coach Mike Bosco is handing over the team this year to Ben Hofmann, his assistant for 10 years.
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For the first time since Spanish Springs opened its doors in 2001, the Cougars will have a new varsity head baseball coach.

Longtime assistant Ben Hofmann is taking over in the dugout for Mike Bosco, who is taking a year off to spend time with his children.

Because Hofmann has been with the program just as long as Bosco, the transition has been smooth and Hofmann is looking forward to this spring.

“I’m very excited. Obviously there are going to be some things that are a lot different,” Hofmann said. “There’s going to be some added pressure on certain things like if we’re not winning. I like the group of kids we have, so I really anticipate we’re going to have a good time.”

A week or two before Christmas break, Spanish Springs began throwing and hitting. Now that there is an indoor batting cage, the Cougars have been able to do a lot more hitting in the offseason. The team also worked on some agility exercises.

When the weather cooperates, Spanish Springs has been able to do some inter-squad scrimmages with either coaches pitching or players pitching. The Cougars have also worked on some defensive stuff the past month to go along with the hitting.

Organizing offseason workouts isn’t the challenge for Hofmann. He’s been an assistant with the baseball program since the school opened. It’s all the administrative duties that Hofmann never had to deal with that take up a lot of time when he’s not running workouts.

“So far it’s all been all off-the-field stuff,” Hofmann said. “There are a lot of little things preparing with the administration. There are a lot of little things that don’t have to do with baseball that are the most trying. I kind of had an idea about them because Mike and I sit next to each other at work all day, but to be the one to actually do them, has been my number one problem.

“The baseball stuff has been very similar so far. I imagine that will change once the season starts and we start playing games. But Mike and I have been together for 10 years, so the baseball side isn’t going to be the problem.”

The plan is for Bosco to only take one year off. However, if he chooses to not come back, Hofmann is looking forward to seeing if head coaching is something he would like to continue.

“I wouldn’t be completely opposed to it. We’ll see how this year goes,” Hofmann said. “Ideally, Mike is planning on coming back next year. The nice thing about it is you kind of get to try it out. It’s like a tryout before you really want to buy it. I’ll get to decide if its something I really want to do. Or maybe being an assistant isn’t the end of the world. I always thought being an assistant was OK because you can still coach baseball and not have to do all the administrative parts of it.

“It’s hard to say right now. At the end of the year, I would have a better answer. I would be thoroughly interested.”

Official spring sports practices begin Saturday.

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