st. John Neumann hires dismissed Barron Collier baseball coach Charlie Maurer
Charlie Maurer’s unemployment as a Southwest Florida baseball coach was short-lived.
Just under three weeks after his contract was not renewed by Collier County Public Schools for committing multiple district violations, Maurer was hired at St. John Neumann, he confirmed to the Naples Daily News.
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The News-Press and the Naples Daily News spoke exclusively with Maurer and Neumann athletic director Damon Jones Wednesday morning. Maurer expressed his desire to remain local, despite having other job offers coming from outside of the region where he grew up.
Maurer takes over for Artie Clyde, who went 45-39 across a four-year stint, including a 17-10 record last season with a regional quarterfinal appearance in Class 2A. Maurer compiled a 153-89 record after taking over Barron Collier in 2014, won six district titles, and made three state Final Four appearances.
“I’m super excited, I’m excited to have a fresh start,” Maurer said. “I’m excited to make this place somewhere special, and I think that was my biggest thing: going somewhere where I have an opportunity to build a special place and a program people can be proud of.
“I’ve believed this place has always been intriguing to me, because it’s always been a sleeping giant, and I’m hoping that this proud staff is something people can be of.”
Multiple assistants are expected to relocate from Barron Collier with Maurer, including his father, Chuck, Nick Rivera, Dan Fusco, and former Lely baseball coach Greg Dombrowski, who was brought on to Barron Collier’s staff during the offseason before making the switch to Neumann.
“I’ve known coach Maurer for years,” Jones said. “And to be honest, if I wasn’t here, my boys probably would’ve played for him (at Barron Collier). We’re truly invested in our sports here and all of our athletic programs, so to be able to get a coach like coach Maurer that comes on with not just his success on the field and his extensive success at getting kids to the next level, but his passion for his school, his program, his passion for his players. It’s hard as an athletic director. to find the coaches that can commit the time, resources, and let alone find good coaches on top of that.
“To hit a home run, to use baseball vernacular, on a hire like coach Maurer that brings that commitment and passion to a school, to a kids and program on top of his ability to win games and get kids to the next level.. The kids are going to have a phenomenal experience.”
Maurer’s hiring adds another top coaching piece to the St. John Neumann athletic program. Last offseason, Jones hired Tito Martinez away from Seacrest after a one-year stint as an assistant on the Stingrays’ 2021 volleyball state championship team.
“The long-term plan is the short-term plan for me. I want to make this place special,” Maurer added. “I’ve only been here a short time, but I’m proud to call it home. The people here are phenomenal. The opportunity to work for Damon is phenomenal.
“To answer your question, it’s to play the best schedule, have the nicest facilities in town. Put on a show for the fans of the players, like we’ve always done. That’s my goal in the short-term. To build it From the ground up, help these kids develop with the best staff that I can provide them, I think with that, the winning usually takes care of itself.”
Maurer reflected on the start of his first few seasons at Barron Collier in the mid-2010s, mentioning some of the similarities between those times compared to now.
“Barron had its ups and downs throughout the years, like any program,” Maurer said. “I think what people don’t understand when I started, I didn’t have a staff. I think there are some similarities from when I started. I was young and had to build up a staff and build myself as a head coach to be able to build a program back to what its glory days were at Barron Collier.
“It’s not like this place doesn’t have good players. It’s not like it doesn’t have a good ecosystem around it. This school is phenomenal. I don’t think it’s going to be a long-term build. My expectations coming in are to do everything I can to speed up that process with making this place special. Obviously, we’re going to change some things. this community can be proud of.”
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