Highfill resigns as Webb City baseball coach

After three successful seasons at the helm, Garry Highfill has resigned as Webb City High School’s head baseball coach.

Highfill cited personal reasons for his decision.

“My son Colby is going to be a freshman at Republic and I want to be able to watch him play,” Highfill said. “This spring was kind of hard on me because I was missing a lot of my son’s stuff. I couldn't stomach that in the future. It was a good time for me to step down.”

Highfill’s teams won 61 games and two district championships in three seasons. The Cardinals went 17-12 this spring after going 23-5 in 2018 and 21-9 in ’17.

Over the past three seasons, Webb City won a Central Ozark Conference championship and finished second in the standings the other two years.

Highfill noted he's proud of his three-year stint.

“We did some good things in the three years,” Highfill said. “I loved my time coaching here. We moved in the right direction. We were at the top of the conference the last three years. I’ll miss it. It was a good run and I think we played exciting baseball.”

Highfill, who will continue to teach physical education in the Webb City school district, added coaching may still be in his future.

“I’m not looking to get back into coaching until my son graduates high school,” said Highfill, who has more than two decades of coaching experience. “In four years, I’ll probably look to get back into coaching.”

Pending school board approval, Flave Darnell is expected to be named Webb City’s next head baseball coach.

Darnell, who spent 15 years as Carl Junction’s head coach, was an assistant with the Cardinals this spring.