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Longtime Stevenson baseball coach serving as AD

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 28, 2018

 Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball coach Joe Emanuele is also serving as the school’s interim athletic director.

Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball coach Joe Emanuele is also serving as the school’s interim athletic director.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Joe Emanuele has built quite the résumé in his tenure as Sterling Heights Stevenson’s baseball coach.

Emanuele led the Titans to a state championship in 2005, and the team has made multiple runs to the state semifinals. More recently, Stevenson has won 11 of the last 13 Macomb Area Conference Red Division titles. The team has also won nine district titles in 10 years, along with having an 11-year streak of winning at least 20 games.

Now Emanuele is adding to his personal résumé by serving as Stevenson’s athletic director.

Emanuele took over on an interim basis after former Titans AD Jason Battle took the same post at New Baltimore Anchor Bay. No one else was available to take the position full time, Emanuele said, so Stevenson Principal Steven Pfannes asked Emanuele if he would take the job on an interim basis.

“In the beginning, I was a bit overwhelmed,” Emanuele said. “Fortunately for me, we have great people at Stevenson who are willing to help. (Battle) had a great group of event workers in place who do a great job. Our secretaries at Stevenson are fantastic and have helped a ton.

“I think it’s helped that I’ve coached at Stevenson for a long time. I’ve been able to use past experiences to help guide (other) coaches). Technology is what I’m learning on the run.”

Emanuele has a new office, but he hasn’t given up his old gig. The decorated coach will continue to lead the Titans baseball team.

Spring practice began March 12. Goals for the team are the same as every year: win at least 20 games, win the MAC Red, win a district championship and make a deep playoff run.

Emanuele’s future as Stevenson’s AD will be discussed at the end of the school year, he said. 

“I wouldn’t have taken the AD job if I have to choose between it and coaching,” Emanuele said. “I’ll meet with (Pfannes) to see what we’ll do in the future. I’m not really sure how it’ll play out. I’m enjoying wearing both hats.”

Stevenson baseball next takes the field for a game against Rochester High at 4:30 p.m. March 28 at home.

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