After 16 years with the Franklin Parish baseball program, Rick Berry resigned as head coach for health issues.

Berry, who will be 56 years old this year, has missed a few games over the past three seasons because of health issues.

"It was a hard decision," Berry said. "But I've got five grandkids I want to spend more time with, and this is something my kids wanted, also."

Berry ended his coaching career by almost pulling off the upset of the year. 

After being outscored 30-1 by Neville during the regular season, Franklin Parish took the Tigers to their final at-bat before falling 5-4 in a Class 4A first round playoff game in Monroe on April 23.

Franklin Parish, seeded No. 25, finished 12-16 on the year.

"I am going to miss it, especially the relationship with the kids," Berry said. "I'll still be around , I'm not going anywhere, and I'll be available if someone needs something."

Franklin Parish athletic director Barry Sebren said Berry has been an asset to Franklin Parish HIgh School.

"And we'll still be counting on his support," Sebren said. 

Sebren said he has already received contacts from people interested in the job.

"We are seeking candidates for the job," Sebren said. "We've got new facilities, and baseball here has a good future. We're just looking to hire someone who wants to be here."


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