Legendary Chambersburg baseball coach Bob Thomas resigns after 51 years
It had to end some day.
That day was Tuesday.
Bob Thomas, who has coached the Chambersburg Trojan baseball team for the last 51 years, handed in his resignation Tuesday morning, bringing an end to what is almost certainly the most successful coaching career in Pennsylvania high school baseball history.
Under Thomas, the Trojans won three PIAA state championships, 11 District 3 titles and 22 league crowns.
He coached the team for 1,112 games and won 833 of them, for a winning percentage of .749. That means for every four games played, Chambersburg won three of them.
Thomas planned to hand in his letter of resignation to CASHS athletic director Jeremy Flores on Tuesday morning, but word started leaking out before that. Flores is the former AD at Hanover High School.
"I had planned to do that and then start calling people," Thomas said. "The only people I had said anything to were my sons Craig and Eric, and I guess I screwed up by not telling them not to tell anybody. I think Craig's son Chaz, who kept score for us this year, might have let it slip to some of the players."
Flores said, "We will have some very big shoes to fill. What Bob has accomplished has been nothing short of amazing. With all of the lives he's affected — both with the kids and in the community — he has a lot to feel proud about. He deserves all the credit he can get."
Perhaps the most shocking statistic of all the ones Thomas' teams have achieved is that in 51 years, the Trojans finished with a winning record 49 times. One year was a .500 season and the 2014 team finished 10-11.
This past spring, Chambersburg compiled a 15-10 record. The Trojans lost in the District 3 championship to Hempfield, 6-5, and then fell 4-0 to eventual PIAA runner-up Wyoming Valley West in the first round of states.