John Vigue has resigned as baseball coach at St. Petersburg Catholic. Vigue, who has been the Barons' coach for four years, said the decision was made because of time constraints on his full-time job as a vice president at a commercial mailing business in Clearwater.
“It was really a financial decision,’’ Vigue said. “I have two young daughters (2 years and 8 months) and it was getting harder and harder to find time for the team and the family. It was a hard decision to make, but I had to do this so I can support my family the way I want to.’’
The Barons are coming off a 20-10-1 season in which they advanced to the Class 3A state final. They lost to Delray Beach American Heritage 5-4. Vigue was the Times' Pinellas County and all-Suncoast coach of the year.
Vigue, 33, played baseball at St. Petersburg Catholic and the University of South Florida. He also played briefly in the Devil Rays minor-league system as a pitcher. He was an assistant coach at St. Petersburg College before taking over the Barons. He did not rule out returning to coaching.
“It’s in my blood,’’ said Vigue, whose father, Jim, also coached at SPC. “I’m sure somewhere down the road I’ll get back into it.’’
St. Petersburg Catholic has not named a replacement, although Barons assistant coach Scott Miller could be a leading candidate.