GLADSTONE - For the first time in a long time, Don Lauscher watched high school baseball from the stands last season, and he didn't particularly enjoy it.
"I really missed working with the kids. That's the bottom line," Lauscher said Monday afternoon. "I love teaching baseball and being around the kids. That's my hobby and I missed it. I went to a few games last year, but not a lot."
Lauscher parted ways with the Escanaba Eskymos in September 2011, after going 130-27 over five seasons, citing professional differences.
But as they say, when one door closes, a new one may open.
With Gladstone re-debuting baseball in 2013 after a decades long hiatus, it presented the perfect opportunity for Lauscher to practice his passion.
Monday evening at the Gladstone School Board meeting, Lauscher was introduced as the Braves head coach when they take the field next year.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to have baseball in our district. We did many years ago, but it's been a long time coming. I know it's something that a lot of people are passionate about and we look forward to a successful inaugural season," said Gladstone Athletic Director Matt Houle.
"Don brings a wealth of experience. He and I have worked together for many years since back when he was a Legion (baseball) coach here. I expect it will be a very smooth transition. I know Don and I are very excited to be working together and bringing forth an exciting season and a very solid baseball team here at Gladstone."