C.J. Wilk is ready to step away from the game.
After spending more than a decade coaching, including a four-year stint as Copperas Cove’s head baseball coach, Wilk announced he is resigning from the position effectively immediately for personal reasons.
“I’ve been coaching for 15 years now,” Wilk said in a statement released by CCISD sports information director Joe Lombardi on Monday morning. “I want to spend more time with my family and develop myself as a teacher.”
Wilk was contacted but declined to comment further.
Wilk took control of the Bulldawgs’ baseball program during the 2010 season, following the departure of Brian Jost. During his tenure, Wilk did not take Copperas Cove to the playoffs and never produced a winning district record, posting his best campaign last year, when the Bulldawgs finished tied for fifth in District 8-5A with a 6-8 record (10-18 overall).
The showing was sandwiched by a pair of two-win district seasons, however, as Copperas Cove posted identical 2-12 records in 2011 and 2013. The Bulldawgs went 5-23 overall this season, including a seven-game losing streak to end the season.
In addition to being the Bulldawgs head coach, Wilk also contributed his time toward developing future players as he worked with the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department, organizing the youth league program and spending time as an assistant coach with the Cove Hounds — a select program with 8U, 9U and 12U divisions.
“We greatly appreciate what C.J. and his wife have done for our programs,” Copperas Cove athletic director Jack Welch said via a news release. “They have been a joy to work with. Now, we’ll open the position up and take applications to get someone on board as soon as possible.”
Wilk, an AP world history teacher, intends to remain teaching at Copperas Cove, according to the release.
“Being a head coach in Copperas Cove is like nowhere else,” Wilk said. “Working with Jack Welch, (associate athletic director) Tracy Welch and (assistant athletic director of facilities) Reb Brock has been a tremendous honor. I’ll be in the stands cheering them on.”