Scott Grove left the Williamsport baseball program seven years ago and passed away nearly four years ago. But all these years later, the man that led Williamsport to over 300 wins, 10 district championships and two state final appearances is still having an impact on the program he loved.
Grove's protege, and former Montoursville baseball coach Corey Twigg, was named Williamsport's new head baseball coach Tuesday night by the Williamsport school board, and Twigg still remembers the greatness of Grove.
"I worked with Scott for years at the Little League baseball camps, I'm actually here now working at one of the camps," said Twigg. "I first met him as a camper and later as a staff member. He was one of the best mentors. I learned a lot from him as a player and when I became a coach, I leaned on him pretty heavily when I was a new coach, I have a ton respect for him.
"He use to tell stories to the campers and his players, his stories were always motivational and we still tell stories at camp with the kids. He had a lot to do with where I'm at today for sure," said Twigg.
Twigg will try to build his own legacy at Williamsport after building a stellar coaching resume while at Montoursville. Twigg compiled a record of 183-67, won two district titles, four league championships and led Montoursville to 24 wins and a spot in the 2006 PIAA?Class AA championship game. He was also named the Susquehanna Valley League coach of the year twice. Twigg, who was a catcher for Montoursville's 1992 PIAA?Class AAA champions, is anxious to return to coaching.
"I honestly think the thing I missed the most was the relationships with the players," said Twigg. "As an assistant, it's harder to form those relationships. You're not the guy standing in front of them. Another thing that I missed was the competition. I'm a fiery guy and it gets my blood boiling thinking about wearing a Williamsport Millionaire uniform."
It's that same kind of fire that helped Grove create what was known as "Millionaire Baseball," which included tough, smart, hard-nosed baseball and Twigg hopes to bring success back to a once prominent program, but he first has to implement his own idea of "Millionaire Baseball."
"My first goal is to implement my program," said Twigg. "To get in to the mode of baseball that I'm used to, a lot of hard work, a lot of motivation has to get it moving into a good position. We are looking to make a push for districts, if our goals aren't high we will come up short. Here we have to get back in the district picture and maybe look further eventually."
Twigg stepped away from coaching because his wife, Lori, had breast cancer and he wanted to help her through that. Lori is doing great now, and has been Twigg's biggest supporter in returning.
"She was the main hurdle with this whole thing. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be back in coaching," Twigg said.
Williamsport has a great baseball tradition from Little League up to the Crosscutters and Twigg wants to bring pride back to the program and is excited to be a part of it.
"The excitement gets back into you," said Twigg. "A place like Williamsport High School is going to be an amazing experience and I'm ready to get knee deep in baseball... Basically, is that we're looking to put a great product out there. We're going do everything we can do to bring back Millionaire Pride."