Chalus takes administrative job, will vacate baseball post after season

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Longtime Stratford baseball coach John Chalus (center) will vacate his post after the season to take an administrative job at SHS. ROB GANTT/GAZETTE

The coaching carousel continues to spin at Stratford High School.

Knights baseball coach John Chalus has accepted the posts of athletic director and assistant principal at the school, replacing Ray Stackley.

Stackley is set to retire as the school's football coach and athletic director at the end of the school year.

Stratford is aiming to fill Stackley's spot as football coach as early as this week too. The school has reportedly narrowed down that search to defensive coordinator Joe Marion, offensive coordinator Dennie McDaniel and Goose Creek High School defensive coordinator Chris Candor, a former Stratford assistant. Stackley announced his retirement in February.

The first step in replacing Stackley was hiring Chalus as athletics director. He will step down as baseball coach following the current season after 23 years in charge of the program and will also relinquish his spot on the football staff as wide receivers coach.

"It's like I tell the players all the time," Chalus said, "at some point baseball will be over... You've got to be able to fall back on your education. Now, I'm using the master's degree I got back in 2000 (from the Citadel)."

Chalus has "around 460 career victories" on Crowfield Boulevard and is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Knights this spring. He has coached players such as current major leaguers Matt Wieters (Orioles) and Justin Smoak (Mariners).

Chalus also leaves the classroom. As a U.S. History teacher, he was named the school's teacher of the year for 2011-12.

"It's tough," he said. "I love being around the kids. I'm still going to work to be around them."

See the April 3 edition of the Gazette for more information.

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