John Boddy is no stranger to high school baseball in the area, and that includes knowing quite a bit about the baseball program at Navarre.
“I’ve always admired Navarre’s program,” Boddy said. “I felt like it would be a great place to work and feel like we have a shot to be very successful here.”
Boddy, an assistant coach at West Florida High School the past 10 years, is walking into a good situation as the new head coach of Navarre High School’s baseball team. The Raiders were district champions and advanced to the semifinal round of the regional tournament two years ago. Last season, they finished as the district runner-up and played in the regional tourney.
Not only is a foundation for success already laid, but Boddy is friends with former head coach Scott Murphy, who stepped down this past spring but is still at the school as the athletic director. That history has made the transition a smoother one for Boddy.
“Fortunately, I’ve known coach Murphy for years. I was the head coach at Woodham when he was at Washington,” Boddy said. “I’ve gotten a lot of information from him and that’s helped me get a jump on things here.”
Boddy spent five years at Woodham and was also the head coach at Baker for a year before taking a position with West Florida.
“I love the game of baseball. I can’t imagine not being around it,” Boddy said. “I’ve been around the game every year since I was 5 years old.”
Boddy helped guide West Florida to a 15-11 record a year ago. The Jaguars won the district title with a 6-2 mark. He wants to maintain a similar winning mentality at Navarre.
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