Santa Rosa baseball coach Jones steps down

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Add Santa Rosa’s Levi Jones to the list of departing baseball coaches in the Empire.
Jones, 38, the Panthers’ coach for the past five years, has stepped down after a 7-14 record this past season.
In addition to Jones, Maria Carrillo’s Steve Tagnoli, El Molino’s Rick Tacla and Analy’s Steve Miller have also stepped down. Tacla and Miller retired and Tagnoli resigned due to a new job.
Jones, an English teacher at the school, will coach the girls’ golf team in the fall. He said he’s leaving the diamond, in part, in hopes that a new coach might help reinvigorate the program. Jones was an assistant at Windsor and was the head coach at Elsie Allen for two years prior to coaching at Santa Rosa.
“We had a talented team last year and it was disheartening to finish where we did,” Jones said. “I think new blood might be good for the program. I hope that’s the case. I’m certainly not quitting on the baseball program. I want to help with the transition in whatever way possible.”