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Baseball: Pike takes job at Santo – Paradise baseball coach departs

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
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Paradise baseball coach and assistant football coach Nick Pike accepted a defensive coordinator position at Santo High School.

Pike was the Panthers’ head baseball coach the past two years and coached linebackers in football. Paradise was 21-28-1 in his two years at the helm and made the playoffs both seasons.

“It’s meant everything,” Pike said. “I have nothing but respect for Paradise. I think Coach [Joe] Koch is going to do a great job with it. Baseball-wise I think the program is going to have a lot of success. I’m excited for those guys.”

Pike had been with Paradise the past five years, serving as an assistant for the first three seasons. This was Pike’s first coaching job.

Santo went 7-6 last season and advanced to the 2A Region II area round before losing to Albany. The Wildcats finished third in District 2-2A Division II behind Muenster and Lindsay, with opponents averaging 24.9 points per game against them.

“It was something I couldn’t really pass up,” Pike said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

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