BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield College Baseball head coach Tim Painton has announced that he will retire after the 2022 season.
The announcement came during an interview with the coach on BC’s Spring Sports Media Day Thursday afternoon, holding back tears as he made the announcement.
“It’s just time to move on,” he said. Painton has coached college baseball for the past 40 years and at Bakersfield College for the last 27.
“I’m really going to miss the relationships with players more than anything. I like to compete, I can find other ways to compete, but the relationships I’ve had with players, former players, current players, is what will be my biggest advantage from here,” Painton said.
Another big takeaway and achievement, Painton said, is the ability to develop players and send them to other schools with scholarships.
“I’m proud that we were able to send 250 of those scholarship kids to other schools,” Painton said.
He will really miss the days when baseball wasn’t played, but the camaraderie that comes with the program, Painton said.
“I gave my all to this university for 27 years and you know these guys know that if you jump into our program it’s not just about baseball. We were on the field working at 9am this morning. I’ll miss that one I’ll miss those days because you develop relationships not just through the sport, but through other things you do as a group,” Painton said.
He and his wife will move to Arizona to be closer to their children, Painton said.
“It’s just time to move on and to the next stage of life and I’m excited about that. My wife and I are both retiring. Both of my adult children live in Arizona, so that’s where we’re going,” Painton says.
Staying in Bakersfield at BC wasn’t always his plan, said coach Painton.
“To be honest. I spent 10 years at Division 1 level before coming here, and my goal at the time was to kind of leapfrog and get out of here and Bakersfield is what got me here It was a great place to start a family. That’s first of all why I never left. And secondly, I got the chance to develop players,” Painton said.