TRAVERSE CITY -- Four candidates have applied for the varsity baseball coaching position at Traverse City West.
The position opened when Randy Weber resigned after the season.
Weber, who coached the Titans five seasons, said he had issues with some parents and also felt he didn't get the administrative support he needed.
"If you were to drive around the Traverse City area, you would be hard-pressed to find a father playing catch with his son anywhere," he said. "Today's parents spend thousands of dollars on their children going to clinics, camps, hitting school and even (playing on) elite summer teams, hoping their sons become everything they weren't. And when reality sets in and coaches are blamed for shortcomings, and if the administration doesn't side with the coaches, it's (tough) for any program to succeed."
West Athletic Director Patti Tibaldi said she considers the matter confidential.
"My comment is there's no comment," she said. "Randy chose to resign, whatever his reasons. I respect that. I think Randy's a good person. It's a tough situation."
Weber was 101-64 at West. The Titans went 29-8 and won a district in 2005. In 2007, West became the first Traverse City Area Public School team to reach the regional finals.
"Is our program better now (than it was five years ago)? Yes it is," Tibaldi said.
The Titans were 11-15 this past season.
"We had a young team and played a tough schedule," Weber said. "That happens. You get beat up one year so you can be better the next."
Weber, who previously coached at Glen Lake, sports a 329-149 career mark.
"It was great experience," Weber said about his coaching days at West. "But it's time to move on."