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Monday, May 18, 2015

Baseball: After 30 years, Seymour coach Bob Kelo to step down at season’s end


 Seymour baseball coach Bob Kelo will step down at season’s end, completing 30 years on the job for the Wildcats. (Photo Sean Patrick Bowley GameTimeCT)
 
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Seymour baseball coach Bob Kelo will step down after this season, his 30th at the helm of the Wildcats’ program.

The move coincides with Kelo leaving his teaching job at the school. He taught mathematics for the past 32 years.

Kelo, 54, said he plans to move to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area by late summer.

“I will miss coaching these kids,” Kelo said. “The nice part about it is many of them have gone onto have great business careers and a number of them I have grown pretty close to. And it’s always nice to see your former players come back to watch the games.”

There were plenty of good games to watch. Kelo carries a career record of 437-238 into the final week of his last regular season. Seymour needs one win over its final three games to qualify for the Class M state tournament.

Seymour’s lone state championship during the Kelo era came in 2007 in Class M, beating Waterford 2-0. The Wildcats reached the final two other times in M (1992 and 2011) and three times in Class L (1997, 1999 and 2003) and the state semifinals 11 times overall.

“I always told the kids we would compete for a state title,” Kelo said. “If anything, whoever had to play us in the state tournament, when they would see Seymour on their side of the bracket, they knew it would be a tough game.”

Kelo was twice named the Register’s Area Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008.

There will be a dinner held for Kelo on June 28 at Coon Hollow Park in Derby on June 28 from 1-6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Norwood Athletic Club in Ansonia.

Article is from http://www.gametimect.com/

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