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Rocky Mountain High baseball coach resigns

Jake Taylor led the Grizzlies to a 5A state championship in 2012 and a 27-0 record and the 5A District Three championships this past spring.

“I’ve been doing the same job for 20 years, and I’m ready for new things,” Taylor said. “I’ve missed a ton of my own kids’ activities the last few years, which sucks.”

Taylor — who is the reigning 5A Southern Idaho Conference coach of the year — and his wife Brandy have three children who are active in sports.

The former Lewis-Clark State College standout won a national title in 1992 as an infielder and also had coaching stints at Skyview and Borah.

Since Rocky Mountain opened in the fall of 2008, Taylor has helped the Grizzlies win more than 140 games with two district championships and one state title. He has been named coach of the year nine times and led the Lions to a state title in 2005, compiling more than 350 career wins. Taylor won an American Legion state championship while coaching the Borah Senators in 2004.

“I have the highest praises for Jake and his ability to coach,” Rocky Mountain Athletic Director Troy Rice said. “He will be sorely missed.”

Rice said the search for a new coach is underway, and he hopes to make a hire by Aug. 1.

Taylor will continue to teach fitness at Rocky Mountain High.