Foran softball coach Jeff Bevino informed his squad Thursday that he is stepping down at the end of this season. The Lions are 11-8 and have already qualified for the Class M state tournament. Foran concludes the regular season at Lauralton Hall Friday. Bevino will remain the Lions’ head football coach.
Bevino noted the desire to watch his children compete athletically as the main reason for his decision. Bevino’s son Michael started for the Foran baseball team as a sophomore this season, while his daughter, Fallon, transferred from Kutztown University to Sacred Heart and still has four years of eligibility remaining in softball after redshirting as a freshman. Michael Bevino also plays football.
“I just don’t want to miss out on them” Jeff Bevino said. “I spent my whole life coaching everybody else’s kids and I just wanted to make sure I had an opportunity to see my kids play. It’s hard to step down from something that I love so much, but it’s just something that I felt that I had to do, or I would regret it the rest of my life. ”
Bevino has been the head coach of the Foran softball team since 2009. He previously served as the Lions’ freshman coach for two seasons.
“It’s been a great career,” Bevino said. “I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had some great girls. You think of some of the girls I’ve had: Marissa Bruno, Gina Georgetti, Fallon, Dani Kemp. There’s just been so many great ones — Jessica Harkness, Taylor Harkness. It’s just been so much fun coaching those kids, coaching them all. I’ve been blessed with wonderful girls. Never, ever have I had a problem.”
Bevino led Foran to three straight Class L state championship games (2011-2013). He guided the Lions to the state championship in 2011, and the SCC tournament title in 2012.
It (the state championship) was a great experience,” Bevino said. “Just having the opportunity to coach my daughter, selfishly speaking, was well beyond anything I could have hoped for. To have the chance to spend everyday with her, and just watch the impact that all the older players had on her, I’m just very fortunate and very lucky to have that chance. I’m one of those guys that everyday I walk on the field, I feel like God blessed me. I love it. This was not easy to do.”
Bevino said he made the decision to step down at midseason. Bevino added that he would like to coach softball again.
“I knew, especially when my son started this year as a sophomore,” Bevino said. “I was missing his games, and it really hurt. Not that it divided my attention at all, but there were times that I wished I was at his games. I’ll be back. I’m going to be back coaching somewhere someday. I just love it too much. But I know that I would regret not having the opportunity to see my kids play.”