GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Roseburg's Dr. Stewart's American Legion Baseball team won't be the only club under new leadership in the summer of 2019.

Mike Reese, who has served more years as head coach/manager of the Grants Pass Nuggets than any other coach in the history of the program, announced his retirement on November 19, the Nuggets announced.

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Reese is the winningest baseball coach in Josephine County among all area high school, legion and independent teams, according to the program.

The 1977 Grants Pass graduate led the Nuggets 'AAA' team to three state runner-up finishes (1988, 2013, 2016) during his five stints as manager beginning in the mid-1980s.

"I've been very fortunate to have coached with some of the best coaches in the game, period,and to coach against the best," Reese said, "and I've been lucky to teach and mentor some great players along the way."

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Reese has over 900 career wins combined as a legion and high school head coach, the Nuggets said.

"I've dedicated my entire life to baseball in this town, and it's time for somebody else to take the lead," said Reese.

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The Legion Hall of Famer plans to serve as an assistant coach next spring on Mark Vidlak's staff at Hidden Valley High School, which plays in Class 4A's Skyline Conference.

Reese led the Nuggets to a second-place finish in the Area-4 League in 2018 with a 10-10 mark (26-19 overall), but was eliminated in the Super Regional playoffs.

He was a member of the 1977 Grants Pass High School team that finished OSAA state runner-up. At age 14, he caught his first 'AAA' legion game for the then-named Grants Pass Mock Ford Broncos.

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Reese played collegiately in San Diego and played under contract in Perth, Australia. In addition, he played for the Grants Pass Thunderbirds where he was twice a regional semi-pro champion.

He has coached at North Valley, Hidden Valley and at Grants Pass high schools.

"I'm grateful to the Legion Board of Directors over the year, and to all the sponsors who supported our efforts along the way," Reese added.

In October, Dr. Stewart's head coach Scott Shaver resigned the post and newly-hired Umpqua Community College head coach Jeremiah Robbins will take over for his second stint.

(Information & photos: Grants Pass Nuggets Baseball)

(posted 11/25/18)