PVI baseball coach to step down

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Jeff Nolan, who has spent the past four seasons as the head baseball coach at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax and 14 years total on the Panthers' coaching staff, told his players that he would be stepping down after the 2016 season. Former Paul VI head baseball coach and current Director of Athletics Billy Emerson will return to the post beginning this offseason.

Nolan played baseball while attending California Polytechnic State University and later "caught the bug" and began coaching, he said. "It's been a tremendously rewarding experience for me. So many great relationship have come from it - both former and current players and their families," said Nolan, who is stepping down for health reasons. "It's been a blessing."

After 10 years as pitching coach and then associate head coach under Emerson, Nolan was promoted to head coach for the 2013 season and has since led the Panthers to a 73-34 record, including a 20-5 mark this year entering the postseason. The Panthers were ranked nationally earlier this season and captured the Southeastern Baseball Classic crown in South Carolina over spring break. Nolan was named BCA District 2 Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, as well as WCAC Coach of the Year in 2014.

"It's hard to imagine PVI Baseball without Jeff Nolan. The door is always open for him to do anything he wants in our program," Emerson said. "(He is) one of the best people on this planet and one heck of a baseball coach, the best I've ever coached with."

Emerson, who will reassume head coaching duties upon Nolan's departure, guided the Panthers to a 219-86 record in 10 seasons from 2003 to 2012, leading Paul VI to three WCAC championships and four VISAA state titles over that span. He has been named coach of the year nine times by various leagues, associations and media.

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