Vandalia baseball coach Luke Hohlt has resigned from his duties at Vandalia Community High School, effective at the end of the school year.
Hohlt will pursue an opportunity with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the All-South Illinois area representative, which will allow him to interact with athletes and coaches in 11 counties.
Hohlt, who has been the head coach of the baseball team for the past seven seasons and also serves as a guidance counselor, will continue coaching the Vandals through the end of the season.
“We’re going to go to last pitch,” he said. “We aren’t going to pull the reins, because we are playing until the last out, no matter where that is.”
Vandalia has four games in the regular season before beginning the regional tournament at home on Monday.
Hohlt said the opportunity with FCA is one that he nearly had three years ago, but that the timing wasn’t right.
Over the past 2-3 months, he had been going through the hiring process, and said he felt compelled to take the position.
“I’ve known for a long time that there may be something else I would be doing later on in ministry,” Hohlt said. “I really felt like God’s timing was perfect in this, and that’s what I had to be patient for.”
The Vandals have not been successful in terms of wins and losses during Hohlt’s tenure, but he said the connections he has made with players is more important than his winning percentage.
“You see groups of guys come through, and then you get to stay connected to them,” Hohlt said. “The wins and losses, at the end of the day, aren’t nearly as important as having a relationship with these guys.
“That’s something I’m still going to be able to do through FCA,” he said. “I thank the district for everything they have allowed me to do here.”