Highly respected Max Luckhurst has resigned as the Campolindo High baseball coach after a successful 16-year run in the program.
Luckhurst, who stepped down on Friday, will continue to work in the special education department at the school.
The Cougars saw their impressive run of four consecutive North Coast Section Division II baseball championships end last season when they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
“It’s just time,” Luckhurst said on Tuesday. “I’ve been here 16 years, 14 as head coach, two as an assistant, and it’s time for somebody to come in. I don’t have any plans to do anything right now. I’m going to to see what opportunities present themselves, but it’s time for change.”
Luckhurst’s varsity teams had an impressive 191-67-4 combined record over the past 10 seasons. He was named Bay Area News Group East Bay Coach of the Year in 2012. Several of his former players have moved on to Division I programs, including Cal’s freshmen trio of Dennis Karas, Bear Smith and Matt Ladrech, and Bears sophomore Robbie Tenerowicz.
Campolindo junior outfielder Max Flower is a Cal commit.
Campolindo athetic director Tom Renno credits Luckhurst with building one of the most respected baseball programs in the state.
“He’s been an amazing coach for Campolindo. He did a whole lot of good for numerous kids in our community, and so we’re very sad to see him step down,” Renno said. “We’re excited for opportunities that he will have in the future, and we’re really thankful that he was able to put in 16 years with the Campolindo baseball program.”
Renno added that 16 years is a” long time” to be a high school coach, and Luckhurst just felt the time was right.