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Farmington baseball: Graff named head coach

Last week the Farmington High School athletic department named longtime assistant coach Jon Graff as the new head coach of the Tiger baseball team.

Former coach Mike Winters resigned three weeks ago after 13 years with the program.

Graff, a Northfield native, has been coaching baseball for 25 years, including the last 17 years at various levels in the Farmington school district.

"Coaching varsity baseball is something I've always wanted a chance to do," Graff said. "It has been great working with Winters, the rest of the staff and the feeder programs. I truly enjoy getting out there and coaching the finer points of the game. Any time you can talk baseball or be a part of it, it's a great day."

Graff hopes to continue to develop the program, from the youth teams to the varsity, in the coming years.

"My goals would be to continue working with the travel and in house programs to develop the most complete program we can. To offer the kids a chance to play such a great sport and give ourselves a chance to compete at the highest level," he said. "There is a lot of great things going on when it comes to baseball, I've seen countless coaches, players, volunteers and parents pour in a bunch of time to help develop the youth all the way up to the kids returning to varsity next year."

The Tigers finished 7-11 this spring, including a 7-7 mark in the Missota Conference. They will play their final season in the league next spring before moving to the South Suburban for the 2014-15 school year.

"I look forward to moving into the South Suburban Conference and all the opportunities and challenges that it provides," Graff said. "Although, since I've been a part of the Missota since I was in high school, I'm going to miss that as well."