Over the last 15 years, Shon Schreiber had been coaching baseball at the collegiate level, first as an assistant coach at St. Martin’s University and then as head coach at Grays Harbor College.
Now, with an opportunity in front of him that he’s been waiting for, Schreiber stepped down as the Chokers head coach to assume the same position at Aberdeen High School next spring, as announced by AHS athletic director Ken Ashlock.
Schreiber will succeed head coach William Rabung, whose coaching contract was not renewed in June.
Schreiber is a physical education/health teacher at Miller Junior High and had been the head baseball coach at GHC since 2000, making him the longest tenured coach at the two-year junior college.
“This is more of a family-driven issue,” Schreiber said. “With my daughter (Lily) being nine and my son (Sam), four, I missed a lot of games and activities with them while coaching (and recruiting at GHC). Talking to my assistant coach (Jeremy Wintrip), we’ve missed a lot of (our kids’) soccer games, T-ball games. This is a chance for us to be a part of that.”
Schreiber noted that he’s expressed interest in the Aberdeen baseball job before, but the right chance didn’t come until this summer.
In his career, Schreiber moved from coaching American Legion baseball to collegiate baseball, skipping over high school ball.
“My biggest thing is that I love the high school aspect,” he said. “When I first came to (Western Washington), I was looking for a high school coaching job, but I didn’t have a teaching job to go with it.
“Being inside the district is a better situation than being outside and trying to coach the team,” Schreiber added. “I’m excited about this group of kids. Not just the juniors and seniors, but the freshmen and sophomores. I’ve coached them at Miller Junior. I know them and watched them grow. It’ll be an adventure.”
As for leaving the Chokers, Schreiber noted that the school gave him his first collegiate head coaching position and he was grateful for the experiences and people he met at GHC.
“I know that GHC baseball is in better shape than when I got there,” Schreiber said. “I wouldn’t trade any of the things I’ve done there, the people I’ve met there and the experiences. I just felt it was time to move on.”