Officials said Saturday that the head coach of the New Canaan High School varsity baseball team has stepped down after seven years in the role.
Mitch Hoffman will continue to be involved in the Rams’ program as an assistant coach, according to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan.
“Mitch’s decision to step down is based on increasing demands on his time from his business and young family,” Egan said in a letter to baseball families.
Geoff Lambert, a 28-year veteran of the New Canaan Police Department who since last fall has served as the NCHS school resource officer, will step into the role, Egan said.
“Geoff is an excellent baseball technician and has broad coaching experience both at the high school and travel team level,” Egan said in his letter. “Additionally, as school resource officer at NCHS Geoff will be interacting with the players on a daily basis. We have also named a head JV coach and freshman coach for next season. Mike Tiscia will be the head JV coach and Bill Brakeley will be the head freshman coach.”
Hoffman had taken over for legendary NHCS grad and longtime baseball coach Mark “2-5-0” Rearick. Hoffman had worked at St. Luke’s School prior to NCHS.
Egan said that Lambert “is in the process of making plans for off season workouts and pre-season activities.”
He added: “I am excited about the new baseball coaching staff and look forward to helping them build on the program’s recent success.”
Led by a strong core including Andrew Casali and Casey Ouelette, the Rams in 2013 won the state title for the first time since 1950.
Lambert is a U.S. Marines veteran and father of three.