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Antcliff steps down as Beal City baseball coach

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Long-time Beal City High School baseball coach Brad Antcliff stepped down from his position earlier this summer after 10 years at the helm.

Antcliff led the Aggies to 10-straight Highland Conference titles during his tenure and to two Division 4 state championships (2009 and 2010) and two runner-up finishes (2013 and 2014).

"I want to spend more time with my family," said Antcliff, who is also an assistant coach on the Beal City football team. "I have two girls who are going to be in junior high this year and I want to spend more time with them and help them develop into better athletes. That's kind of my reasoning right there."

For his career Antcliff compiled a record of 308-64-5 and his 2016 team went 21-11-2, winning a 13th-straight conference title.

Considering the amount of success his team's have had over the years Antcliff said the decision was a difficult one to make.

"Honestly, my intent was to come back one more year," he added. "I coach my daughter's 12-under travel team and we were at the Allendale tournament in Grand Rapids. There were a couple of plays during one of the games that I thought they should have made. I got to thinking if I worked with them they would have made those plays. I walked out of the dugout and went up to my wife and told her I was done coaching at Beal City. It might sound selfish but I want to concentrate in my kids now."

Considering what the Aggies return in 2017 they should be in good position to make a run at another Highland Conference title too.

"The program is in good shape with a lot of great players returning," said Antcliff.

Beal City Athletic Director Aarron Butkovich said the search for a new baseball coach will start once the school year kicks off next month.

"We had a good run, now it's time for something else," said Antcliff.

Last Updated: 7/29/2016 6:54:38 PM EST