Tim Rogers named Northlake Christian baseball coach _lowres

Tim Rogers, Northlake Christian baseball coach

Northlake Christian Athletic Director Anthony Agresta used the word before he could be asked the question.

Stability was what he was looking for in a new baseball coach, and that is what he got.

Tim Rogers was officially named baseball coach at Northlake Christian on Thursday afternoon. Rogers replaces Chad Catalano. He is the third coach in the past four years at Northlake Christian.

“This is a very desirable job for any high school coach,” Agresta said. “Stability in any program, regardless of the sport, is key to success. That holds true in junior high, high school or college. Tim has got ties to the community. He and his wife have been living here their entire lives and two of their children have graduated from Northlake Christian and a third is a student here.

“Tim is a person of tremendous character and has a tremendous amount of loyalty to Northlake Christian.”

An assistant under Catalano the past two years, serving as the team’s hitting coach, Rogers said he is excited for his first head coaching job.

“When the opportunity became available, I was of course interested,” Rogers said. “I think I was the natural choice for them. It is extremely important to keep the continuity of someone already familiar and involved in the program. We have a lot of young players that are going to be very good going forward. It is going to be great, and I can’t wait to get started. I’m excited for Northlake baseball.

“I’m in this for the long haul. I have coached here (at Northlake) multiple different times, including from 2000-2006. I’m here to stay. I’m in it for the long haul.”

Having to replace standouts Maverick Latour and Sean Tweedy, who will be playing college baseball next year, Rogers said he has his work cut out for him.

“Two tough players to replace,” Rogers said of Tweedy and Latour. “But I’m excited about the young players we have in the program stepping up to take on those roles. They have big shoes to fill, but I have every confidence in the world that they are going to be able to do it.”

Latour said he has full confidence in the new leader of the Northlake program.

“The thing about coach Rogers is he has learned under a lot of guys, and he knows how things work here,” he said. “I’m 100-percent sure he is going to do an outstanding job for years to come.”

Rogers announced that Kevin Diggs will be joining him on the staff and another assistant has yet to be named. He also announced he will be in charge of the Wolverine Northshore Summer League.