Fairfield Ludlowe baseball coach O'Rourke resigns
Updated 4:40 pm, Thursday, August 1, 2013
It took years, but Keith O'Rourke finally got his dream job.
Unfortunately for Fairfield Ludlowe baseball, that means he's no longer able to coach.
O'Rourke announced his resignation as Ludlowe's baseball coach Wednesday, officially leaving to become an assistant principal in a different district.
"The right situation fell into my lap," O'Rourke said Thursday. "It's right for me as a professional, and it's even better for me with my family."
O'Rourke was the only baseball coach Ludlowe ever had and guided the Falcons to nine state playoff berths, six FCIAC tournaments and the program's lone conference championship in 2010.
"I'm proud of the on-field accomplishments," O'Rourke said. "I was given the opportunity ... and what I really wanted to create was a culture that people were proud to be a part of."
Ludlowe was 16-9 in 2013. After starting 1-6, the Falcons won 13 of 14 and reached the FCIAC semifinals. After consecutive losing seasons, O'Rourke believes Ludlowe's program is over the hump.
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"Whoever becomes the head coach will inherit a team that can win right now," O'Rourke said. "Good things are about to happen as opposed to the cupboard being left bare. There are bigger and better things on the horizons."