Eric Grubb loves baseball, but there are some things more important than the game.
Grubb recently resigned after one season as the head baseball coach at Western Hills because of family matters.
Grubb’s father, Eddie, recently underwent surgery for cancer. The two men run a business, E-Z Dispensers, and Eddie Grubb will be sidelined for awhile.
“We move boxes, some of them 40 and 50 pounds,” Grubb said. “That falls on my shoulders.
“I didn’t think it would be fair to go out and coach half the time, to not be out there all the time. It wouldn’t be fair to the guys.”
So Grubb is stepping away from the WHHS program, which he’s been a part of for five years, the first four as an assistant coach under Seth Knight.
In Grubb’s one season as the head coach, the Wolverines won the regular season district title and advanced to the semifinals of the 11th Region tournament.
“It’s going to be tough,” Grubb said. “I’m going to miss it really bad. I love the game, I love Western Hills, I love my players, but at the end of the day it’s the right decision for my family.”
Grubb has been coaching for the past 13 years. He’s been a high school coach since 2007, working as an assistant until this past season, and before that he was a traveling team coach.
“It’s going to be difficult,” he said, “but maybe I can get my fix coaching my boys. I’ve missed some of their games over the years, and now I’ll have the opportunity to go to them. That was part of my decision, too.”
Grubb and his wife, Samantha, have two sons — Logan, 8, and Taylor, 4 — who both play baseball.