Posted: 3:43 pm Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Baseball notes: Boca Raton coach Justin Timmerman steps down 

By Matt Porter

Boca Raton baseball coach Justin Timmerman will not return for a fourth season.

 Boca Raton coach Justin Timmerman, shown here in 2009. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Boca Raton coach Justin Timmerman, shown here in 2009. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

A search for a new candidate will begin this fall.

Timmerman, who went 24-6 in his first season in 2008 but struggled in a tough District 9-6A last season, returned to his home state of Oklahoma to coach and be with his family.

“It kind of happened last-second,” Timmerman said. “I had every intention of being back at Boca this year.”

When Timmerman, 36, returned home to be with his father and brother, both of whom recently had surgeries, a job as head baseball coach opened up at Liberty High in Mounds, Okla, about a half-hour from where he grew up. He and his fiance decided to stay.

“It felt like the right thing to do,” Timmerman said. “It’s nice to be back home. We’re going to miss Florida, though. … We had a great three years there.”

Under Timmerman, the Bobcats sent 15 players to Div. I, II and III programs and produced two MLB draftees: outfielder Dominic Jose (Los Angeles Angels, 2011) and pitcher Alex Gonzalez (Baltimore Orioles, 2010), who was recently named a Louisville Slugger All-American as a freshman at Oral Roberts.

The Bobcats (18-9) finished last in District 9-6A last season, losing a district tournament play-in game to Royal Palm Beach.

Trinity’s Pupo to Maine

Former Trinity Christian pitcher Manny Pupo will play ball at the University of Maine.

Pupo, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-hander with a mid-90s fastball, originally was slated to join FAU, but academic issues caused the Owls to back off, the Bangor News reported.

Pupo transferred from West Boca Raton to Trinity Christian for his senior season, during which he batted .405 with 8 homers and 26 RBI, struck out 32 batters in 34 innings and posted a 3.00 ERA. He was a first-team All-Area selection.

“I’m going to need some winter clothes,” Pupo told the News. “I’ve never actually seen snow, so I don’t know what to expect.”

Park Vista’s Sharpe to FAU

Former Park Vista right-hander Kenny Sharpe, who played the last two seasons for Palm Beach State, transferred to FAU for his junior season. Sharpe went 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA last season at PBSC.