Seth Longwill, a member of the Quincy High School baseball team that won the 1998 state championship, is now the head coach of the 2022 team.

Longwill served as an assistant on the team last year to then-head coach Shaun McNay.

Asked what makes this the right time to become the head coach of the baseball team, he pointed to his Quincy roots, both before and after his senior year in high school when the baseball team earned the school’s first state championship in varsity athletics.

“I just want to give back to the town and the program that meant so much to me,” he said.

A Seth Longwill-coached team will have a lot of heart and will be fundamentally sound, he said, respecting all and fearing none.

“1A, 2A, if they are the top program and they want to play us, we will be willing to play them,” he said.

For the 2022 team, an attainable goal is advancing to districts, he said, and “make some noise in there, see what we can do.”

Longwill said he is still putting together his coaching staff, with names like Cody Kehl, another Quincy product, and Jerry Martinez, a Moses Lake product, among the names being shuffled as possible Quincy coaches.

“Anybody who’s part of the staff is going to have the same passion that I have,” Longwill said. “They are going to be wanting to help the kids grow.”

A former coach of Longwill’s and a longtime presence in the Quincy baseball scene, Mike Scharbach, is also a possibility.

One of the players he will coach is Gavin Longwill, Seth’s son. Gavin started at centerfield for the Jacks last year.

“He’s ready to come out here and put the work in,” says Dad, who was coached in his youth by his own dad, Rich Longwill.

One of the goals for Longwill as head coach is to bring back a winning culture and an exciting athmosphere to baseball season in Quincy.

“Changing the culture and bringing it back to the days when Coach (Bob) Duda coached,” said Longwill, referring to the head coach of the state-winning team of ‘98. “We were recognized and feared throughout the state.”

Another goal is to show a new generation of players the game, the same way people like Mike Flanagan, Kevin Gardner, and dad Rich Longwill showed it to him.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be back representing those guys and showing the kids the game we love.”

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