Longtime Mt. Pleasant Softball Coach Ted McIntyre Steps Down

MT. PLEASANT – One of the state’s winningest high school softball coaches is stepping away from the game after 44 years.

Longtime Mt. Pleasant coach Ted McIntyre announced this week that he is stepping down as coach of the school’s varsity softball program. He will remain on as the JV football coach.

McIntyre built the Oiler program in 1975, quickly establishing Mt. Pleasant as one of the premier programs in the state.

“As you approach the end, you find yourself behaving different than you have for 44 years,” McIntyre said. “It kinda wears on you. It just became the right time. I don’t have a good answer.

“I had a lot of help. There were many others. Fathers who coached travel teams, a lot of help to make that all happen.”

He amassed more than 1,000 career wins and led the Oilers to the 1993 MHSAA Class A state championship and a 2010 Division 2 runner-up finish.

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee currently ranks sixth in state history for career wins.

The school has opened the search to find McIntyre’s replacement. McIntyre expressed support to whoever takes over the program.

“There’s a number of people who have been assistants here in the area. A number of former players that have been involved,” he said. “You’d like to see it stay in house, but I just hope they pick somebody who’s interested in doing a great job. They work at it. They keep the program going.”

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