WOOD RIVER JCT. — It’s a homecoming for former player Andy Devereaux who returned as assistant coach last year and is the new head coach this season.
Devereaux replaces Dave Cunningham, who stepped down after three years. The Chargers were 15-28 overall and 11-25 in Division I-South during Cunningham’s first two years. They moved down to Division II-South last year and went 14-2 to win the league title — its first since 1995 — and finished 20-7 overall. Last year, Deveraux was assistant coach for the varsity and coached the junior varsity. That was his only paid coaching experience. He previously was a volunteer coach with Connie Mack and American Legion teams.
“I interviewed the last week of January,” Deveraux said. “I was called the next morning by the athletic director and hired.
“This is a perfect setup for me. Dave Cunningham showed me the ropes for a year. I watched him do it. We had one of our best years. It will be hard to follow him. He’s been helping me informally.”
Devereaux was a three-sport player at Chariho, graduating in 2008. He played varsity football (tight end, safety) and basketball (forward) for two years and varsity baseball (third base) for three, serving as co-captain his senior year.
“I love the game of baseball. This gives me the chance to give back (to Chariho) and teach the kids to play the game the right way,” Devereaux said.
“It’s great to have this opportunity. Everything fell into place. It’s good to go full circle and come back to the system I started in.”
Devereaux has lived in Hope Valley since he was two years old. He said he has played baseball since he could remember — T-ball, Little League, middle school, high school and college.
His college ball was at St. Joseph’s in Maine, where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in environmental science. He has been working since for his father John as an electrician for Devereaux Electric in Hope Valley.
His father has been a Chariho assistant coach for several years and will continue under his son.