Bill Mrowka, the Cheshire baseball coach for the past 21 seasons, has retired the school announced on Thursday.
“I’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mrowka said. “I guess it was something that I was thinking about.”
Mrowka, who has coached for 31 years total, retires on the highest note possible after leading the Rams to the Class LL championship this past season.
“Once we got to the championship game and got my 250th win,” he said. “That maybe that was a sign. I never went into this thinking I would coach for 31 years.”
He led the Rams to the final No. 1 ranking in the GameTimeCT poll and he was named the All-Area coach of the year and the All-State coach of the year.
Cheshire’s 1-0 win over Ridgefield in the Class LL title game was career win No. 250 for coach Mrowka.
“To see the resiliency of our seniors. I can’t say enough about them. They never gave up and it showed,” Mrowka said. “For a Ben Shadeck to come up with the year he had. Ben DeLuabell speaks for himself. That sticks in my mind.
“They took the bull by the horns and led the team.”
Over his career Mrowka led the Rams baseball program to two state championship appearances, an SCC championship in 2011 and multiple division titles.
“The state championship was great,” Mrowka said. “But I also remember in 2000 when we got beat by Notre Dame(West Haven) in the championship. Just how we played.”
Mrowka doesn’t have any immediate plans, but he still wants to coach in the future — maybe at the younger level.
“I kind of enjoyed the instruction stuff,” he said. “Seeing the kids develop.”
The longtime coach said that will miss the conversations with players, his assistant coaches and just being around the guys.
“There were a lot of good players over the years and assistant coaches who have helped out,” he said. “I hope whoever takes over they keep the program going in the right direction.
“It’s just time.”