HARRODSBURG - Jeremy Shope, who led Mercer County to the 12th Region baseball tournament in each of the last five seasons, has resigned as the school's coach.
Shope, who coached the Scotties for seven seasons, is leaving his teaching and coaching jobs to work as a sales representative for Jostens, a company that sells school products such as class rings and yearbooks.
"From a family point of view, it was something that I couldn't turn down," Shope said Friday. "Everybody at Mercer County is like my family, but my family is my wife and two little girls. It could be a good opportunity to better my family, and that was the reason I made this decision."
Mercer has reached the regional tournament every year since 2000, advancing to the semifinals on two other occasions.
"I feel like the program is better than when I got it, and that's all you can ask," Shope said. "I'm real proud of what I've been able to accomplish, what a lot of people have been able to accomplish in the baseball program.