For the second straight year, the Mount View High School baseball team will be under new leadership with a new coach. And this year, the Mustangs hope to make it stick.

Ty Kerr was recently named the new varsity baseball coach, as the Mustangs hope he will bring a stability that the program has lacked the last few years.

Kerr, 47, replaces Bob Hughes and Casey Holmes, who were tabbed as interim coaches last year. Hughes and Holmes supplanted Dick Whitmore, who had originally accepted the Mount View baseball coaching position, but later decided not to coach the team.

Kerr also brings with him quite the coaching pedigree, as he has been the Winslow assistant varsity baseball coach the past 15 years. He coached alongside longtime Black Raider coach Robin Weed, who also stepped down at the conclusion of last season.

Winslow traditionally has been one of the most successful baseball programs in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division.

“I’m really excited,” said Kerr of his new opportunity with the ‘Stangs. “I’ve played against Mount View for 15 years being the assistant varsity baseball coach at Winslow, but I’m really excited to take over a program that I’ve seen over the years many times. They have a great group of kids, and we have high expectations. That will be fun to have a new group of kids that I’ve seen [play] over the years.”

“Obviously, he’s been connected with the Winslow [baseball] program which has been very, very successful [over the years],” said Mount View athletic director Dan Fitzpatrick. “So I believe he’ll bring the kind of background, experience and knowledge that is going to be something that’s going to make our program stronger by having him as our coach.”

While this is Kerr’s first head varsity coaching job, he is well qualified for the position as Weed often gave Kerr much more rein than the average assistant coach would get. He often worked closely with the both pitching and defense and was in the loop in making team-related decisions.

Kerr and Weed have had quite the history together, and were successful in winning 208 games, four regional titles and a state Class B championship in 1995. Winslow regularly competed for the regional championship during two coaches’ tenure, making it to the game eight times.

The two also played together on the diamond at Winslow, leading the Black Raiders to their first state final appearance in 1981 before falling to Portland 5-4.

Kerr was the starting pitcher on that team, while Weed was the starting catcher.

Kerr also runs In The Zone Training Center in Fairfield, where he and his family reside. It is a clinic for both baseball and softball for Little League through college players. The facility is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As far as this season goes, Kerr cannot wait to get to work with the Mustangs and hopes to help them jump into the thick of things in the KVAC Class B division this season.

“I’m looking forward to getting with this new group and showing them what it takes to be successful,” he said.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.