by:   5/9/2016

Jeff Nolan, who has spent the past four seasons as the head baseball coach at Paul VI Catholic and 14 years total on the Panthers’ coaching staff, announced to his players this past weekend that he would be stepping down following the conclusion of the 2016 season. Former Paul VI head baseball coach and current director of athletics, Billy Emerson will return to the post beginning this offseason.

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 nationally ranked 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, will reassume head coaching duties upon Nolan's departure. Emerson guided the Panthers to a 219-86 record in 10 seasons from 2003-2012, 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.