PHS announces Ryan Wolfe as new head baseball coach
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth High School has officially named Ryan Wolfe as its new head baseball coach. Wolfe becomes just the third head baseball coach at Plymouth since 1970.
Wolfe makes the move from JV coach at Rochester to head coach of the Pilgrims. He will also teach social studies at PHS and says he was as attracted to the teaching environment at Plymouth as he was the baseball program.
“Number one was the school itself and wanting to teach in an atmosphere like that. Number two was the competitiveness of the (Northern Lakes Conference) and the opportunity to play on a field like that and be the head coach at a school with that type of tradition, that really attracted me,” he said.
“Just the baseball position of being head coach and the prestige of Plymouth baseball really attracted me to the job,” he continued. “I know the history of Plymouth baseball, and I’ve lived in Rochester for one year and we played Plymouth and I was able to go there and see the facilities and what they have to offer. When the job came open I had a very high interest in wanting to pursue that for all those reasons.”
Prior to his one-year tenure at Rochester, Wolfe served as West Central High School’s head coach from 2006-2011. He said he’s happy to be back in a head coaching position and that the experience of coaching at the JV level was a learning experience that can only help him as he returns to a head coaching role.
“It was a great opportunity to see the other side of things, how other coaches do things,” he said. “It really prepared me even more, I think, for this position. As far as being a head coach, there’s nothing I could be more excited about. I love being in the mix of things, making decisions both on and off the field, being a communicator with parents and watching the kids grow as people and athletes. I’m very excited to be a head coach again, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity at Plymouth.”
Wolfe brings an impressive pedigree as a player to PHS as well.
He was selected for the Indiana North-South All-Star game following his senior season at Hamilton High School in 2001. As a sophomore pitcher at Manchester College in 2003, he went undefeated with a 6-0 record and played for the Spartans during their NCAA Division III College World Series run in 2004.
Wolfe was also an assistant basketball and football coach both at Rochester and West Central.
He replaces longtime Plymouth coach Tony Plothow, who was dismissed suddenly this summer. Plothow leaves the program with five sectional championships, three regional titles, one semistate championship and a state runner-up finish as well as four NLC titles. Plothow’s career record with the Pilgrims was 241-138. He was selected to coach the North-South All-Star Series in 2011, was a four-time NLC Coach of the Year and two-time District Coach of the Year.