KOKOMO, Ind. – Tim Weir takes over as Kokomo High School Varsity Baseball Coach after working as the Kats Pitching Coach the past two seasons, while former professional baseball player John Curl joins the KHS Baseball staff as an Assistant Coach / Hitting Instructor.
“This is a perfect situation for me because teaching the game of baseball appeals to me,” Coach Weir said. “I am looking forward to the challenge of developing this next group of Wildkats. I believe the 2019 team can be better than they think they can be.”
KHS Athletic Director Nick Sale is pleased with the selection of Tim Weir as the baseball coach.
“Many times, Tim has proven his enthusiasm and passion for teaching the game of baseball to the youth in the Kokomo community,” Mr. Sale explained. “We are excited to be able to bring someone with Tim’s experience and knowledge of the local talent. Tim’s understanding of the current, and incoming, Kokomo athletes will help Tim implement his vision for the Kokomo baseball program.”
Coach Curl believes he and Coach Weir will complement each other.
“Tim’s strength is in the pitching area, and my expertise is in the hitting area,” Coach Curl explained. “We both have a passion for the game of baseball and we both are seeking to find, and develop, the young talent in the Kokomo community.”
Mr. Sale was very pleased to have someone of John Curl’s caliber join the Kokomo baseball staff.
“John’s experiences as a player at the collegiate and professional levels, as well as his recent coaching stints with the highly-respected Indy Bulls on the travel baseball circuit, will be huge resources for our student-athletes.”
KHS Principal Angela Blessing believes the hiring of Tim Weir as baseball coach and John Curl as an assistant coach adds to the tradition of quality in Kokomo baseball.
“Tim brings a vast knowledge of baseball in our local community, while John brings an extremely strong baseball background to KHS and enhances our current coaching staff,” Mrs. Blessing said. “Together, I believe Tim and John will continue the legacy of the Kokomo High School baseball program.”
Mr. Weir has been coaching youth baseball since the mid-1990’s, and joined the Kokomo staff after his son TJ graduated from Ball State University. Tim has worked with several Kokomo pitchers, who have signed Division I baseball scholarships. Tim’s son, TJ, pitched in professional baseball (AAA) this summer.
“The young men showing up so far for Fall baseball have been eager to learn and they are working hard,” Coach Weir said. “The past couple years, 6 or 7 of the varsity starters were penciled in before we arrived at the ballpark. With 8 graduating seniors, our current players realize that the 2019 varsity lineup is wide open. That makes for great competition. And the future for Kokomo baseball is still bright … we have some college-caliber players still on our roster, and some of the freshmen are very talented.”
Mr. Curl was a three-time All-State player for Logansport High School before participating in the 1993 College World Series and was named a 1995 All-American for Texas A&M before being drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft in 1995 as a first baseman. John played professionally at first base and in the outfield from 1995 through 2001 for three Major League organizations – Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners.
“I have great respect for the Kokomo baseball program,” Coach Curl said. “Our current Sectional is equivalent to a Semistate when I was playing high school baseball. If we win our Sectional, we can make a deep run in the State tourney. I see coaching at Kokomo as a great opportunity. Through the connections I have established during my baseball career, I hope I can help our Kokomo players who want to play at that higher level.”
Story courtesy of the Kokomo School Corporation