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Putting coach Rob Hamilton's legacy into words

10/06/2022, 8:15am CDT
By Karl Raymond Special to the Star

Legendary career comes to a close

As the years pass by, memories are relived of the good times that once were and wishing they had never left. And you’re reminded of the saying: ‘You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.’

Those words couldn’t be more appropriate as to what’s about to change for Sun Prairie High School baseball. For years, the Cardinals’ varsity baseball program has been in good hands. Leon Piddington guided Sun Prairie to its first WIAA state baseball title in 1974. Then his assistant, Garry Bahe, took over as head coach and won state titles in 1994 and 1997. Bahe then handed the reigns over to his assistant, Rob Hamilton.

What Hamilton has done as head coach since 2001 is difficult to put into words. In fact, words alone cannot describe the legacy he leaves behind following this his final season guiding the Cardinals to unprecedented SPHS baseball history that will never be matched again. The WIAA record books on Sun Prairie baseball officially closed at the 2022 state tournament with future recognition coming as either Sun Prairie High School East or SPHS West.

To read the entire article from the Sun Prairie Star, click here.

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