Vandergriff Retires After 41 Seasons at Kalkaska
After 41 seasons at the helm of Kalkaska’s baseball program, Bill Vandergriff has announced his retirement.
A 2014 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, Vandergriff eclipsed 700 career wins in 2017 and retires after having led his alma mater to nine conference championships, seven district titles and a spot in the 2006 Division 3 state semifinals.
“Probably the biggest thing was the relationship with my players, many of them have gone on to be lifelong friends,” Vandergriff said of his career. “The state semifinals, that was as far as a Kalkaska team has ever gone, I believe. So, that was a pretty big moment for everyone in the community, but there was a lot of special moments. I’ve enjoyed it. Hats off to my assistant coach, Terry England, and all the great ball players I’ve had, couldn’t do it without them.”
Vandergriff is now looking forward to hunting and fishing with his former players.