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FREDERICK — Another mainstay is departing the Frederick High School athletic department ranks after helping to guide the program for 10 or more years.

Head baseball coach Ted Clapp, who has coached baseball at Frederick High School for the past 11 years, has resigned his post as the Warriors’ head coach. A chemistry teacher at Frederick, Clapp said he needs more time to pursue a Masters of Arts degree in education curriculum and instruction with a concentration in STEM.

“The time has come for me to complete my masters degree,” Clapp said. “I started it a couple years ago and it ended up getting overwhelming with the time commitment I had to make to baseball, especially during the middle of baseball season. I need to get it done as quickly as possible so I need the extra time.”

While he is stepping down as head baseball coach, Clapp will continue to teach at Frederick High School and will remain an assistant coach for the softball team, which finished as the state runner-up in Class 4A last season. Clapp also didn’t rule out the possibility of an eventual return to the program upon the completion of his degree in two years.

“The assumption will be that there will be somebody in the spot but maybe I can come back and help them out,” Clapp said. “If the opportunity is there to do that, I will very likely do that. I love the kids, I love the community and I love coaching. I’ve had an incredible time and resigning that post was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

The Warriors have gone 32-42 in the past four seasons with Clapp as head coach.

In the past year, Gerry Galway stepped down as head wrestling coach after 36 years and Roger Dufour stepped down as girls basketball coach after 19 seasons. Clapp leaving marks the end of another era at Frederick High School.

“Obviously, Ted has to do what’s best for himself,” Frederick athletic director Kris Keith said. “As a teacher-coach, his ducks are in the right row. He’s a good baseball man, he’s good with kids and he’s a good man. He’s done a lot of good things for a lot of those kids so he’s going to be tough to replace.”

Luckily for Keith, who is himself stepping down after 30 years at Frederick High School, that task will fall to newly-appointed athletic director Ernie Derrera and principal Peter Vargas. Coming over from Thompson Valley High School, Derrera will take over the position on July 1.

In the immediate future, the Warriors must figure out what to do about their summer baseball program. A longer-term concern is that Frederick will likely not have a teaching position available with which to fill the coaching void left by Clapp’s resignation as baseball coach.

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