Christopher Dague took over as head coach of the Buccaneers baseball program eight years ago.
After eight years at the helm of the Jack Britt baseball program, head coach Christopher Dague is leaving the school.
Dague, who has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from N.C. State, has taken a professorship with The Citadel. He’ll move to South Carolina in July.
“It gets me choked up just talking about it,” Dague said of leaving the Buccaneers. “I announced to my team today, so it’s finally come to fruition. It’s bittersweet.”
Dague took over the Bucs in the summer after the 2010 season.
Under his direction, the program charted a path of steady improvement until finally grabbing a share of the Mid-South 4-A Conference title with a league mark of 11-1 in 2017.
The Bucs finished 15-10 this season, taking second place in the Sandhills 4-A Athletic Conference and reaching the NCHSAA playoffs.
Dague posted an overall record of 111-94, but the Copley, Ohio, native said the wins and losses aren’t what will stick with him from his time at Britt.
“As I’ve grown and progressed as a teacher and a coach there, it’s moved from wins and losses to really just trying to grow good, positive young people,” he said. “We had a good foundation at Britt eight years ago when I took over, no doubt about that. But without a doubt, I’m so proud of what we’ve done with the program, the direction we’ve taken it.”
Dague, who taught Advanced Placement-level history classes at Britt, said he thinks of his next job as “coaching in a way, teaching new young teachers and graduate students who are getting into the profession.”
Dague won’t call this a definitive end to his baseball coaching career, but he has no plans to return to a head coaching position.
“We’re going to take a year away, and maybe I can keep my hands in it somehow,” Dague said. “I would love the opportunity to coach in some capacity, but in the capacity I’ve been in over the last eight years, no.
“I don’t know that I ever want to be a head coach again. I think what we’ve built here is too special, and I’m not sure I could replicate what we’ve done.”
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