Posted: 12:54 pm Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Boynton Beach’s baseball program will have a new leader next season.
John Drouin was recently hired as the Tigers’ new head coach to help rebuild the program. Boynton Beach won just four games last year.
“Boynton needs help and I love going into programs that want to build and develop young kids,” Drouin said. “I just love it there. The principal is great, the AD is great and the kids are great.”
Drouin was the head coach at Summit Christian from 2008 to 2012, leading the Saints to a Class 1A state baseball title in 2011. The 65-year-old has also coached at Park Vista and Santaluces.
“He brings a wealth of experience,” Boynton Beach athletic director Rick Swain said. “He has been in the area and he has won a state title. He’s a very knowledgeable guy. We thought it was very positive.”
With the hire, Drouin will replace Evan D’Angelo as the Tigers’ head coach. However, D’Angelo agreed to stay on staff as an assistant coach.
“It wasn’t a situation where Evan was fired,” Swain said. “It was a situation where we were just trying to improve our baseball program. Most guys are on an ego trip and feel like they need to be the man. Instead, he was more interested in the kids being successful.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.