Grayson County baseball coach Mike Worrell announced recently that he is stepping down as the Blue Devils’ head baseball coach, effective immediately, his teams having accumulated 356 wins in 21 seasons.
In 1994 his father, Carroll County baseball coach Bill Worrell, retired from the game after a lengthy career, 24 years of which were spent as CCHS’s first head baseball coach. His career win total?
If one guessed 356, one would be correct.
After 21 seasons (21 incidentally being the number both coaches wore on their jerseys), Worrell is relinquishing the reins of the Grayson County baseball program, citing his desire to spend more time with his family.
As of Monday’s press deadline no replacement had officially been named. Spring sports practice begins on Feb. 21, this coming Monday.
Worrell’s first season, in the year 2000, was a 20-win campaign on the old ballfield located at the west end of GCHS’s football stadium. The Blue Devils would soon move to a new ballpark and would reach the 20-win plateau four more times and posted state runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2007. Including those two seasons, Grayson County reached the state semifinals four times. Worrell’s teams also won three region championships and had three region runner-up finishes.
Grayson County finished with fewer than 14 victories just four times since 2000, one of those being a Covid-shortened 12-2 season this past spring. The Blue Devils averaged roughly 17 wins per campaign over the past 21 seasons (there was no spring sports season in 2020).