Dorrance returns for second stint as baseball coach
Hinsdale Central baseball coach Tom Dorrance watches his team bat against Wheaton Warrenville South during the waning moments of his previous stint with the Red Devils varsity in 2010. | File photo—Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 11, 2013 4:46PM
Hinsdale Central’s new baseball coach is actually its old one.
Tom Dorrance has returned to the helm of the program after stepping down after the 2010 season. Dorrance, the defensive coordinator for the football team, took over after two-year coach Justin Cronin — Dorrance’s replacement — resigned in November.
“I dug out some of the old stuff and added some new stuff,” Dorrance said.
For Dorrance, it seemed like he never left. Many of the coaches that worked on his staff have remained in their current positions. Mark Wittkamper is still the varsity assistant coach, Bill Duffy is the freshman head coach and Sean Kasak was retained as the freshman assistant coach. Duffy ran the offseason conditioning program for players during the offseason.
“I’ve got a lot of help,” Dorrance said. “I have a great coaching staff. Justin Cronin helped me out with what to do and how to get organized.”
Pitchers Bobby Skogsbergh and Adam Dressler were in the program as freshmen when Dorrance last coached.
“They were excited, but right now I don’t know how they felt or if they were excited to have me back,” Dorrance said.
Skogsbergh recovered from a serious arm injury and was able to make a comeback near the end of last season when the Devils finished 12-22 overall, 4-14 in the West Suburban Silver.
Dressler, a Purdue commitment, is out with a finger injury, but is expected to return for the season opener March 18 against Montini.