As the derby to fill departed baseball coach Lelo Prado's position unfolds behind the scenes, speculation continues in the local baseball community as to who will get the job.
Though applications continue to flood in to athletic director Hindman Wall, one person who says he won't seek the spot is former UT coach Paul Mirocke. An assistant coach to Prado in 1989 and 1990, Mirocke was sacked by former UT president Bruce Samson in 1990 in a controversial "restructuring" that eliminated some athletic department coaching positions.
"I had bitter feelings at the time, but looking back, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me," said Mirocke, 30, who has since worked for professional baseball's Major League Scouting Bureau. "I miss the field. I miss working with the kids, but I'm doing something I enjoy and I'm still in baseball, but I won't try for the coaching position at UT."
A graduate of Leto High, Mirocke was a right-handed pitcher for the Spartans in 1987 and 1988 and was Prado's No.
1 assistant the next two years, including UT's 1990 NCAA Division II third place national finish.
Today his job consists of videotaping high school and college prospects. "Our office makes 28 copies of each tape and distributes it to each of the major-league teams," he said. "Sometimes the videotape can be the tiebreaker on a guy."
Wall has declined comment, but assistant coach Marty Reed, Jesuit High coach John Crumbley and Edison Community College coach John Cedarburg have all confirmed their interest.
_ DAVID BRACKMAN