Cameron Sell had the most successful season in the history of Circle’s baseball program two years ago, but the Thunderbirds had an equally rocky 2014 campaign.
After a quick, two-year ride with highs and lows, Sell has decided to resign as Circle’s baseball head coach. He said he felt like he had a good start, but that this was a good point to walk away.
“...After having the best season in the school’s history, I had enjoyed the pedestal that your program is put on, so I tried to put together a plan that would reinforce commitment and accountability, and it backfired,” Sell said.
“Players went different ways than realizing that the future dynasty was starting to roll. Before you know it the game was being disrespected to a point that [there] was no longer a positive atmosphere consistently. We got better but it was is in spurts.”
Sell, who had a professional stint before taking the job at Circle two years ago, led the T-birds to an 18-8 record in 2013. The T-birds won the El Dorado regional championship and advance to the state tournament, where they won their first game, lost in the semifinals and closed the season with a victory in the third-place game. The wins were the first two at State in the program’s history.
This past year, the T-birds were 4-17. Sell’s two-year record was 22-25 with a 6-2 postseason record.
Sell said he still plans to be a coach somewhere, though the college level is more his style.
“My plans have transitioned me to the KC area where a couple offers are on the table, but nothing final yet,” Sell said. “I think I will always be a baseball coach because I think God has put me here to do that, and my passion for the game is to teach the players the game at the highest level I know. It will work out if it’s meant to be.“
Sell had a lengthy college football career and coached with Circle’s football team, as well. He said coaching football somewhere is still an option. Sell did not teach at Circle.
“I want to thank Circle USD 375 for the opportunity and wish them all the best.” Sell said. “The players will be the hardest to leave because I put my heart and soul into trying to teach them the game I've been playing my whole life. They are a great young group and will be fun to work with for the next. I will always have a spot in my heart for the baseball and football programs at Circle High School as well as fan and administration support. It's been a interesting ride.”
Jeremy Costello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org