Stepinac baseball coach Pat Duffy announced his retirment after leading the Crusaders to 205 wins since 2005. Long-time assistant Keith Richardson will take over.

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After over a decade at the helm and 205 wins, Stepinac baseball coach Pat Duffy announced his retirement over the weekend. He will be replaced by assistant Keith Richardson, who has been with the program since 2004.

"We would like to thank coach Pat Duffy for his long-time commitment to the Stepinac baseball program," athletic director Michael O'Donnell said in a statement. "Under his watch, the Stepinac baseball program became one of the most respected in our area. Pat taught our young athletes accountability, hard work and respect."

Duffy took over as head coach in 2005 and led the Crusaders to four CHSAA AA Division championships, including three straight from 2008-10.

Richardson graduated from Mount St. Michael in 1997 before going onto play baseball at Pace University, eventually joining Duffy's staff.

"I am extremely grateful to coach Pat Duffy for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this special program, and for being such a great mentor and friend," Richardson said. "He will be sorely missed and leaves behind a tremendous legacy, along with some very big shoes to fill. I hope he will continue to be a resource and asset to the program going forward. I will do my very best to continue the success and tradition that has been built at Stepinac."

Stepinac finished 17-9 this season, getting eliminated after dropping two of three against Monsignor Farrell in the CHSAA qualifying tournament.

"Keith will continue to build the Stepinac program with his hard work and knowledge of the game of baseball," O'Donnell said. "Keith has an extensive baseball background from his playing and coaching days. We have been very lucky to have such a great person who has been here for over 10 years as an assistant in program. I know he will do a great job in continuing the growth of our baseball program."

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