Greg Fettes, 22, takes over Bishop Foley baseball program as head coach

By: Mike Moore | Madison - Park News | Published December 4, 2015

 After earning All-State recognition at Madison Heights Lamphere, Greg Fettes played college baseball at the University of Kentucky. Fettes, 22, is now the head coach of Bishop Foley’s baseball team.

After earning All-State recognition at Madison Heights Lamphere, Greg Fettes played college baseball at the University of Kentucky. Fettes, 22, is now the head coach of Bishop Foley’s baseball team.

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MADISON HEIGHTS — In the end, his youth wasn’t even a consideration.

In fact, it was his résumé, his experience and a very solid endorsement that paved the way for Greg Fettes to take over the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball program as head coach.

“He came highly recommended by Buster Sunde,” Foley Athletic Director Brian Hassler said. Sunde is the Ventures’ former coach who guided the team to three consecutive Division 3 state titles from 2011 to 2013. “That’s kind of where the idea of hiring Greg came from. Buster’s knowledge means a lot.”

After that, Hassler explained, Fettes ran away with the interview process.

“We liked his background; the fact he’s a local guy was key too,” Hassler said of Fettes, a 2011 Lamphere grad who played college baseball at the University of Kentucky. “To have the experience he did, playing at a high level and doing what a lot of our players will be going through is something pretty important. He also emphasized academics being a priority. We loved that.”

Fettes, 22, graduated from Kentucky in December 2014, came home, and has been working with Sunde in his construction company and coaching with his developmental program.

“He mentioned the opening to me and suggested I look into it,” Fettes said. “I guess coaching was something I always wanted to do, but I never really thought it would happen this quickly.”

The interview process came and went.

He was offered the job and jumped at it.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he said. “There’s a great group of guys here, guys that are very talented and very driven. It’s a great baseball school.”

When asked about being roughly three or four years older than the guys he will be coaching, Fettes laughed.

“I’ve had a lot of people bring that up,” he said. “Really, it’s on me to get the guys playing and not let people worry about me being 22. I know what it took to get to play in college, to get drafted twice. I think that experience really helped me get this job. These guys will be going through the same things I did.”

Fettes, a catcher, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2011 in the 43rd round and the Oakland Athletics in the 39th round of the 2015 draft, going No. 1,178 overall.

He hasn’t ruled out pursuing pro baseball, but said his focus right now is on Foley.

“With the tradition this program has the past five years or so, it’s my goal to continue that,” said Fettes, who was second-team All-State with Lamphere in 2010 and 2011. “Baseball is a funny game where you can get beat any day. I have to keep these guys focused.”

His style will be a collage of ones he’s picked up throughout his career.

“At every level, I’ve played under some great coaches,” he said. “I don’t think my style is too much different than Buster’s, which is why I think he kind of pointed me in the direction of this job. I’m going to take a lot of philosophies and put them to work.”

“His willingness and hunger, still having a taste for the game was a driving factor for us to hire him,” Hassler added. “His age really didn’t bother us at all. It was his skill set and his demeanor. He presents himself well. He comes across a lot older than 22.”

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