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The head coach of the TriTown American Legion Baseball Program, John Foucault recently resigned from the post, according Ronald P. Coderre, chairman of the TriTown Baseball Executive Committee.
Foucault, 48, cited business interests and a desire to spend more time with family and pursuing leisure time activities as the primary reasons for the decision to resign.  He’s been involved with baseball in the Putnam area on a variety of levels for the past 17 years.
“Baseball has been a big part of my life since 2000.  Although I’ll miss being on the field with the players, I feel it’s time to spend more time with my family and investigating business interests,” said Foucault.
Foucault joined the TriTown program in 2012 as an assistant coach with the Jr. Team.  He’s spent the past three summers as the head coach of the Sr. Team.  During his tenure with the Sr. Team he led the Towners to the State Tournament in 2016, where they lost in a close contest to West Hartford, an eventual State finalist that year.
Known as a player’s coach, Foucault is proud of the young men he’s coached during his five-year stint with the program.
“Working with these young men and seeing their development as players has been the most rewarding part of the coaching experience.  Not being in the dugout will leave a void in my life, but I hope to take in an occasional game time permitting,” said Foucault.
A 1987 graduate of Ware, (Mass.) High School, he’s been married to the former Pam Bianchi for 25 years.  They have three children, Alec, a graduate of Wentworth University, Nicholas, a student at the University of Hartford and Morgan, who will attend American International College in September.  Foucault’s first local involvement with baseball was with the Putnam Little League.  He coached the Putnam Junior League All Star team to a District Championship in 2012, the first time that had been accomplished in Putnam since 1978.  He’s also served as assistant baseball coach at Putnam High School for the past six years, a position he’s also vacating.
“John’s been a real asset to our program and American Legion baseball.  He’s not only developed players on the field but he’s been a positive influence on the players as young men.  We’ll miss his enthusiasm and energy,” said Coderre.
Foucault is leaving the program in great condition.  A large number of talented players are expected to return for the upcoming season.  He also plans on remaining involved as a member of the Executive Committee.
“The team has a solid pool of players who should provide a winning formula in the upcoming seasons.  These kids love baseball and always give 100 percent.  This bodes well for the future of the program,” said Foucault.
Coderre said the Executive Committee has met to discuss a replacement for Foucault.  A successor is expected to be named in the very near future.

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