WYANDOTTE - Troy Gray is stepping down as baseball coach at Wyandotte High School to take on a new job title - middle school principal.

Gray compiled a 291-162 record in 16 seasons as WHS baseball coach.

He will continue to serve as softball coach and athletic director.

“I love baseball, but it's an opportunity to still coach my daughter (Taryn, who will be a fifth grader at Wyandotte Elementary this fall), Gray said. “My family let me put baseball and everything else first for years. This allows me to stay in coaching and that's a real plus.

Gray succeeds Chris Gwartney, who has retired. Gray

“He's a real good hand, Wyandotte superintendent Duane Thomas said. “He's been AD for a couple of years and that got him some administrative experience. He works awfully hard. He will do a great job.

“I am fortunate the board and our superintendent have enough confidence in me to elevate me, said Gray, who completed work on his administrative certification in 2005 at Southern Nazarene University. “It was a real tough decision to give up baseball. It's a good move career wise for me and my family, though.

Gray's baseball teams won six Lucky 7 Conference titles and 11 district championships.

“We took pride in that, Gray said. “The kids have done a good job. They expect to win. I feel they will continue to expect that.

Miami High School product Kyle Baldridge has been named Gray's successor as baseball coach at WHS.

He will be assisted by Matt Robertson, a former Quapaw standout who joined Gray's staff this past season.

“I wanted to leave the program in good shape, and we did, Gray said. “That was really a factor that allowed me to walk away. We have seven or eight seniors coming back and this group has played a lot together.