Posted: 11:48 am Friday, May 30th, 2014

Baseball: Sean Comfort steps down as Cardinal Newman head coach 

By Anthony Chiang

Sean Comfort just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

After two seasons as the head baseball coach at Cardinal Newman, Comfort is leaving the Crusaders to become the head baseball coach at Melbourne-Palm Bay. Comfort, who graduated from Cardinal Newman in 1990, will move from West Palm Beach to Melbourne for the new opportunity.

“I just had a new baby and we love that area. That helped in the decision,” Comfort said. “But Palm Bay High had a nice package and they have a great program that needs to be rebuilt. I had to do this for my family.”

Cardinal Newman is accepting applications for the opening and the school has already started the interview process.

“Sean left us in a better place,” Cardinal Newman athletic director Jason Carlstrom said. “We’re getting a lot of applications and résumés in right now. A lot of that is because of Sean.”

In two seasons at Cardinal Newman, Comfort posted a 40-19 record and led the Crusaders to the regional quarterfinals both years. In 2014, Comfort had the chance to coach Wake Forest signee Bruce Steel, who finished with a .514 batting average.

Comfort planned to notify his players of his decision to leave Cardinal Newman on Friday afternoon.

“They’re starting to already catch drift of it and they’re very upset,” Comfort said. “That’s the hardest part of it. Talking to them about it is hard.”

A challenge awaits Comfort at Palm Bay. The Pirates finished with a 7-21 record last season after head coach Jason Burchfield was arrested on child abuse charges and forced to resign in March.

“Cardinal Newman had been struggling for a while and my goal was to get it back to where it used to be and bring the tradition back,” Comfort said. “I felt over the last two years, I did that. Now, it’s time to go elsewhere. This is a good opportunity all the way around.”

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