Petry named D-2 Coach of the Year after leading Eaglets to state title

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 30, 2015


ORCHARD LAKE — When he took over five years ago, Matt Petry knew what he was in for.

A school with an overwhelming tradition of athletic success, the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball program was in need of a rebuild.

So Petry went to work, getting the Eaglets back to the Catholic League playoffs, eventually back to a league final and back to contending in the state postseason.

The exclamation point on that project came in June, though, when the Eaglets went to East Lansing and brought back the Division 2 state title.

Now, Petry is a state champ and D-2 Coach of the Year.

“The team title means more than any individual award, but this is nice,” Petry said. “It’s nice to be recognized.”

Coach of the Year honors in each of the state’s four divisions were selected by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association following the 2015 tournament.

“It’s really a product of winning the state title,” Petry, a Farmington Hills resident, said of his personal award.

He was also quick to credit his assistant coaches — Dan Petry, Bobby Clouse and Kyle Bobolts — when asked about the 2015 season.

“When you have the group of players we had with the amount of experience the assistants have, it makes things a lot easier on me as a head coach,” Petry added.

The state title was the first for St. Mary’s since 2003.

The Eaglets lost in the 2007 and 2009 finals, but saw the program slip a bit after that. Until Petry began the rebuild.

“I think the most rewarding thing about (Coach of the Year) is the fact we’ve taken this program from one that consistently missed the Catholic League playoffs,” Petry began, “to a team that ended the season on top.”