The Saratoga Springs High School baseball team will go into the postseason with a new coach.
The school district relieved Dean Bailey of his coaching duties Friday. Assistant coach Rich Lofink will coach the team through the postseason, which begins next week.
Bailey, who took over as the head coach in 2010, will remain in his position as a social studies teacher at the high school.
Bailey was replaced following an investigation into allegations of violations of the school district’s coaching handbook.
Neither Bailey nor school district athletic officials responded to requests for comment.
According to a press release from Maura Manney, director of community outreach and communications for the school district, “The Saratoga Springs City School District maintains high standards regarding the professional and respectful behavior of all staff and students. Therefore, following the investigation, it was determined that Coach Bailey addressed the team in a manner and tone that did not meet the standard of professionalism expected from our coaching staff.”
“The school district will provide the team with the necessary support to complete the remaining games of the season,” district Superintendent Michael Piccirillo said in the statement.
Saratoga got off to a 12-2 start in Suburban Council play this season, fueled by an eight-game winning streak. The Blue Streaks beat North Division rival Shenendehowa on Monday, handing the Plainsmen their only league loss. But the Blue Streaks lost their next two league games, to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Ballston Spa, to finish 11-5 in league play.
The team finished its regular season 15-5 after beating Schuylerville in a non-league game Friday. That is the best the team has finished since Bailey took over as head coach.
Saratoga is expected to be a top four seed when the Class AA sectional bracket is drawn up on Monday.