BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – It had the makings to be one of his most enjoyable seasons coaching baseball in a sparkling new stadium. Instead, Tim Weeks learned he would not return for a fifth season as the head coach of the Kokomo Wildkats. Weeks will not be at the helm of the Kats when they play in the inaugural game at Kokomo Municipal Stadium next spring after being told his coaching contract would not be renewed.
The Northwestern High School graduate had a 46-62 (24-30 in the NCC) record in four seasons as the Wildkats skipper. He was coming off his best showing in the North Central Conference at 6-6, good for third place. But Kokomo did not win a sectional title during his time running the program after the Kats won two in the previous four seasons.
In the Kokomo School Corporation’s only statement, Director of Communications David Barnes said Week’s contract was not renewed, “at the recommendation of the athletic director.” Weeks said he was disappointed and does not agree with the corporation’s decision. He also contends he did nothing wrong.
“The powers that be decided they wanted to go in a different direction, so they did,” said Weeks. “Was it fair? No. Was it right? No. But they made the decision to move on with the baseball program. I did nothing wrong. Am I perfect? No. But people who really know me will tell you how important my integrity and faith are to me.”
Weeks was an assistant coach for the Kats when he took over a highly successful Kokomo program following Steve Edwards resignation (Edwards is now principal at Frankfort High School). In Edwards six seasons, the Kats were 133-45 with a pair of sectional titles and a trip to the 2007 IHSAA Class 4A state title game. With head coaching experience in high school football, Weeks – who endured an injury-plagued season in 2013 and a young squad in 2014 – said he understands the inherit challenges of coaching at the prep level.
“I am not a college coach,” Weeks said. “I don’t recruit my players, thus I am doing the best I can with what I have. I gave my best and have nothing to hang my head about.”
Despite the school’s not renewing his contract, he had a message for his supporters.
“Don’t feel sympathy for me; I am a blessed man,” said Weeks, who is a devout Christian. “I have a beautiful and adoring wife and three talented, smart, respectful kids. In the real world, the true measure of a man’s worth is the family he produces. I will let mine speak for itself.”
Weeks also talked about his faith, which he relies on during difficult times.
“I am an unashamed person of faith and try daily to live a Godly life as best I can,” said Weeks. “My faith teaches that the Lord takes care of His own. I guarantee bigger and better opportunities are heading my way.”
The former Wildkat baseball coach said he wants to see the Kokomo program flourish in the future.
“So, to the future players and coaches of KHS, I wish you nothing but the best,” he said. “I truly do.”
Kokomo will start the search for a new baseball coach immediately.