For Steven Mingee, it was a simple case of not having enough hours in the day.
Realizing he couldn't devote enough attention to both tasks, Mingee stepped down as Bethel's baseball coach to concentrate on studying for his master's degree. Mingee leaves the Bruins after three seasons, in which he compiled a record of 32-28 overall, 29-25 in the Peninsula District.
Mingee, 28, is getting married in October. But he said the time he'll need to put in for his master's in educational leadership at
“The last few months, I'd been trying to figure out how to balance my time and all that," he said. "But at the end of day, I had to be realistic and realize there was no way I could be successful as a student and give the kids the proper amount time and dedication they deserve.
"It was a very difficult decision. Baseball has been such a big part of my life. But it was time for me to let that go and move on to the next step."
Mingee was a star pitcher at Bethel, where he went 24-7 with a 1.37 ERA in his career. After graduating in 2002, he pitched at Christopher Newport, where he went 9-6 in four seasons.
He was an assistant at Bethel before taking over in 2009 following Brett Wheeler's departure.
Bethel athletic director Ray Smith said he just returned from vacation and plans to call the human resources department at Hampton City Schools today. He expects the job to be posted by Monday.
"One of the hardest parts about leaving is it'll be a good team next year," Mingee said. "Whoever get it, the cupboard definitely won't be bare."