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With no class to teach, Indians coach leaves

After his health teaching position was eliminated at East Bay, Nelson Menendez said Friday he also had to resign as baseball coach.

By SCOTT PURKS
Published May 19, 2007


TAMPA - After his health teaching position was eliminated at East Bay, Nelson Menendez said Friday he also had to resign as baseball coach.

"I didn't want to resign but I had to find a teaching job, " Menendez said. "I tried to get something close to East Bay but that didn't work out. I ended up finding a job at King and I had to take that."

Menendez, 44, led East Bay to a 6-17 record this season, his third with the Indians. He will serve as an assistant coach to Lions coach Jim Macaluso.

"We were really turning things around (at East Bay), " Menendez said. "I believe next year or the year after that East Bay would have been really competitive."

East Bay athletic director Scot Tipton said Menendez "definitely left the program in better shape than when he started here."

Tipton said anyone interested in applying for the baseball coach position should fax a resume (attention Scot Tipton) to (813) 671-5139.

Scott Purks, Times Staff Writer