Posted: 6:12 pm Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Softball: Chuck Layman steps down as Park Vista coach 

By Jeff Greer

Rumors circulated around the softball community Thursday that long-time Park Vista softball coach Chuck Layman had called it quits.

Thursday afternoon, Layman confirmed the whispers. After nine seasons at the helm, Layman, 59, stepped down as head coach of the Cobras.

“It was time,” he said.

Layman guided Park Vista to seven regional playoff appearances, including a regional-final run in 2009. His Cobras won four district titles. This past spring season, Park Vista flirted with the top ranking in the Post Top 10 for much of the season before Boca Raton shocked the Cobras in the District 10-8A semifinals. The Cobras were 197-48-2 under Layman’s tutelage.

Layman says he isn’t sure if he’s done coaching high school ball, despite moving on from Vista.

“We’ll see what transpires down the line,” he said.

Park Vista will now look for a new coach. The job is an enticing one: The Cobras return several key players from their 2013 campaign, including pitcher Gabby Decker, FAU-bound shortstop Emily Lochten, catcher Taylor Scher, pitcher/designated player Jaime Scher.