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Bill Ruttencutter has resigned as Pinellas Park baseball coach after 12 years.
Ruttencutter compiled a 151-171 record and two PCAC south championships. Last season, Pinellas Park advanced to the Class 7A region final, its best showing since 1984.
"It was just one of those things where it felt right,’’ Ruttencutter said. "I’m coming up on 30 years working for the city (of Pinellas Park) and I’m thinking of getting into the DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program). When I first took this job I didn’t even know if I could last a year. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years. It’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it.’’
The Patriots advanced to region tournament play three years under Ruttencutter, 2002, ‘10 and ‘11. This season, Pinellas Park finished 8-15.
The school has not named a replacement. Ruttencutter said the program should be in good shape for the next coach and he’ll still be around to help with the transition.
"The guy I replaced, they fired,’’ Ruttencutter said. "I had to do it all on my own. This way, we’ve got 18 returners and things are in pretty good shape. I can hand the keys to the next guy and give them advice if they need it.’’