The Victoria HarbourCats will have a new head coach in place when the 2015 West Coast League season begins next June.
Bob Miller, the co-head coach with Dennis Rogers in the team`s inaugural season, took over as head coach in 2014, will not be returning to Victoria.
Priorities with his college baseball program at Cuesta College led to the decision not to sign a contract with the HarbourCats for 2015.
“It has been an honour to be part of the formative years of the Victoria HarbourCats, and I want to thank owner John McLean and everyone in the organization for the support these two years,” Miller said.
“It takes a lot of work to recruit and coach at this level, because the West Coast League is becoming a place where the best collegiate baseball players choose to develop in the summer.
“The baseball program at Cuesta College needs my full attention, and that means year-round. It is hard to leave Victoria because this is a tremendous location, with great fans and a top-notch organization from top to bottom.”
McLean said Miller and Rogers helped make Victoria a destination for college players.
“As a new franchise in 2013, we needed that expertise to get us off the ground and the feedback from fans is they have enjoyed the calibre of play and now are expecting us to take the next steps.”
The HarbourCats are beginning the search for a new coach immediately.