Ryan Stosich picked to lead Bulldog softball

The Butte High softball program will have some continuity heading into the future.

Long-time assistant Ryan Stosich was picked to be the next head coach of the Bulldog softball team, Butte High activities director Chuck Merrifield said today.

Stosich will replace his father, Steve Stosich, who coached the Bulldogs the last nine seasons before retiring last month. The hire must be approved by the school board, a move that is expected to be a formality at the next board meeting.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Ryan Stosich said. “I’m grateful to the district for the opportunity.”

Stosich, who assisted Mike Anderson during his run as head coach of the American Legion Butte Miners, said he plans to keep the program running pretty much as is.

That includes bringing back his father as a volunteer assistant. Steve Stosich led the Bulldogs to the 2011 Class AA state title.

“A lot of the (assistants) are coming back,” he said. “The off-season program has been beneficial to us, and we’re going to keep that going.”

Next season will be Ryan Stosich’s 10th in the program. He coached first base before moving over to third base this past season.

“I’m a little more aggressive than my dad,” Stosich said.

Merrifield said he’s happy to keep the program together.

“The past program speaks for itself,” Merrifield said. “They had a great staff and a lot of success. Being able to keep that intact is a good thing.”

Stosich, 35, is a 1997 Butte High graduate. He played college baseball at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado before playing at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.

Stosich teaches health and physical education for the school district.

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