Easter steps down as Z’s baseball coach

The Pine Bluff School Board on Monday evening accepted the resignation of Greg Easter as head baseball coach at Pine Bluff High School.

Easter said Monday he would join Watson Chapel as an assistant baseball coach and junior high football coach. His wife Tracey is the head softball coach at Watson Chapel and their daughter, Harley, plays softball there.

“I’ve been (at Pine Bluff) 20-plus years,” Greg Easter said. “It’s time to make a move. The opportunity came quicker than I thought it would.”

Easter said he’s leaving a lot of friends at Pine Bluff, where he was an assistant baseball coach for 19 years in two stints and was the head coach there for the past four. He led the Zebras to three state tournament appearances.

Easter also coached Star City from 2002-03. Now, he’s joining a Wildcats program that won the 5A-Southeast Conference championship and finished as 5A state runner-up this spring.

“He brings a lot of experience; that’s a bonus,” Wildcats coach Chad Cope said. “He’s a good guy. I’ve known him for a long time. Anytime you can add a coach who has coaching experience, that’s great.”

Pine Bluff athletic director Bobby Bolding, whom Easter assisted in football, said he did not have a timeline for hiring a new coach as he learned about the resignation Monday.

“He’s been here for a long time, put in a lot of hours working with our youth,” Bolding said. “We appreciate his service and hard work and wish him all the best.”

5 locals play for Southeast in Extra Innings

Cope is in Jonesboro serving as one of the Southeast team’s coaches during the Xtra Innings Summer Classic at Arkansas State University. The Southeast, which includes five players from Jefferson County, defeated the Northeast 11-1 and will play the Northwest at 10 a.m. and Southwest at 3 p.m. today.

Two of Cope’s Wildcats, Landen Colson and Josh Dardenne, each got a hit. From White Hall, Justin McCarty had a hit, Tyler Zuber struck out two in the fifth inning and Landon Reed also played.