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May 15, 2014

Lowndes baseball coach steps down

VALDOSTA — With a state championship, a handful of other deep playoff runs and a host of region championships, there wasn’t much left for Danny Redshaw to achieve at the helm of the Lowndes baseball program.

So after 17 seasons as the Vikings’ head coach, Redshaw is stepping down to pursue other opportunities at the school as an assistant principal and assistant athletic director.

“It’s just time for a different challenge,” Redshaw said, adding that he has considered making a change for about a year and a half. “The opportunity presetned tiself to continue my career here at Lowndes in a different capacity, and I’m very fortunate to get that opportunity.

“The community was supportive. The entire Lowndes community has just been really special.”

Redshaw and the Vikings provided a lot to be supportive of as well. In those 17 years, Redshaw figures Lowndes won more than 340 games to go along with nine region crowns, 10 trips to the Elite Eight, five berths in the final four to go along with the 2000 state championship and the 2001 state runner-up finish.

Redshaw, though, said the credit doesn’t belong to him. Rather it belongs to the support system he had during his tenure as well as the constant supply of talent at his disposal.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work under some great superintendents and obviously, I’ve worked for Milt Miller and Randy McPherson, our two ADs, and our administration, I’ve been surrounded by a great coaching staff,” he said. “And obviously, we had some good players. It was just a great situation.

“The kids bought into the program, what we were trying to get done over the years. I’ve been blessed. I’ve been very fortunate to work here as the head baseball coach for the past 17 years, and it’s just a great situation.

“Those aren’t my wins. Those are program wins. I’ve just been fortunate to be here.”

All of that added up to induction into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame this year, and it is an honor that Redshaw said he will cherish, in time. For now, though, he again doesn’t see what he truly did to call himself a Hall of Famer.

“I think there’s a lot of coaches out there who are probably a lot more deserving than me to be in the Hall of Fame,” Redshaw added. “It’s definitely a great moment. And a lot of those coaches, and that’s another great part of the job is I’ve built some great friendships and relationships with opposing coaches over the years, and those relationships will last the rest of my life.

“The Hall of Fame thing is special and probably as I get older, I will appreciate it more.”

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