Former Grimsley Whirlies baseball coach is now the Whirlies new baseball coach:Jason Simmons ready to take over program and lead Grimsley again

from Joe Sirera, at the HSXtra section at News and Record website:

Longtime Grimsley baseball coach Gary Flynn is stepping away from his coaching responsibilities to spend more time maintaining the school’s baseball complex, athletics director Lewis Newman said in a news release today.

Jason Simmons is the Whirlies’ new head coach.

*****According to MaxPreps, Coach Simmons coached the Whirlies’ baseball team from 2010-2012….*****
+++++The Grimsley Whirlies were (13-12) this past 2018 season under head coach Gary Flynn, and they had one of the area’s top top games of the season, when they defeated Page, 1-0 in 13 Innings, in Round One of the NCHSAA baseball playoffs at Grimsley High School….Other games this past season, that I really liked included the Wesleyan Christian Academy 3-1 win over Western Alamance, and the Western Guilford Hornets 1-0 victory over North Forsyth, in 8 Innings….++++++

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  1. A lot of talented players at Grimsley but I think they made a mistake by not giving this job to Bret Garrett. Nothing personal against Simmons but Bret has helped to develop many of the young and talented kids at Grimsley and it’s a shame that his hard work was ignored. Hopefully they will be fortunate enough to keep Bret on staff.

  2. Very surprised that this job did not go to Bret Garrett. Bret has helped to develop many of the young and very talented kids at Grimsley over the past few years. Nothing personal against Simmons, but Garrett has put in the work to take the Grimsley baseball program to the next level and it’s a shame that his hard work was ignored. Grimsley should hope that Bret Garrett remains with the program. He would make an outstanding choice for any school looking for a young and talented coach!

  3. From what I hear, there was at least one candidate that was more than qualified and would have been a home run hire, but Newman dropped the ball.

  4. How can you tell a coach come be an assistant for a couple years and when Flynn steps down you will be here to take over. Then the time comes to give the man a job. You know he’s been doing the extra stuff to build your program and you give it to someone else? That’s a complete slap in the face to Coach Garrett. Grimsley has some talent the next couple years and they will be successful under Simmons, it’s just ashame the guy who developed them won’t be their head coach.

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