DUNLAP — A face familiar to Concord baseball fans will once again don the kelly green and white.
The Concord School Board voted Monday to hire Jim Treadway as head baseball coach.
Treadway, 61, has lived in the Concord community for more than three decades and was a baseball assistant coach under Glenn Swanson and Chuck Fowler (1975-83). He also served on the staff of football coach Tom Conn.
“I understand the Concord way,” said Treadway.
Treadway’s youngest son, Nick, was a three-sport standout at Concord. He played baseball for coach Bill Roggeman. After graduating in 1998, Nick played college baseball at Bethel, Bellevue and Purdue.
For the past 15 years, Jim Treadway has headed up a successful Bristol American Legion Post 143 program and has helped more than 150 players transition to collegiate baseball.
Not known as a screamer, Treadway has found a way to get the most out of players.
“I know how to win,” said Treadway. “If I have a strength it’s pushing kids to succeed. I’m a motivator.”
Treadway said he plans to stay involved with American Legion baseball, but will likely hand over the reins of the senior team to Mike Doherty and run the junior team with just younger Concord players.
Treadway has invited Doherty, Jim DeFreese and Bart McClane to be on his CHS coaching staff.
Treadway pursued the job after the resignation of Craig Koehler.
“Koehler had the program going in the right direction,” said Treadway. “There was enthusiasm and the kids were buying in. I want to continue the foundation that Craig Koehler laid.”
Treadway inherits a team with seven returning letterwinners from a squad that won the Northern Lakes Conference title in 2011 — Cain Crowley, Nick DeFreese, Seth Huxford, Preston Miller, Taylor Miller, Connor Slabach and Nick Wysong.
Right-hander Huxford and left-handers Slabach, Nick Newcomer and Jake Stauffer should make the Concord pitching staff formidable.
“Pitching and defense are going to be strengths,” said Treadway. “We’ll look to get bigger and stronger and we want to get good grades. A combination of baseball and academics means we’ll find a college for you. But kids that choose not to play college baseball will still have a spot on the team.”
Treadway plans to meet soon with parents and players.