Baseball: Streamwood’s Steve Diversey stepping downStreamwood coach Steve Diversey talks to Edgar Saldivar during a game earlier this season. Diversey recently told his team he will step down following the season. | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 26, 2012 8:22AM
Steve Diversey’s tenure as Streamwood’s baseball coach is drawing to a close.
Diversey informed his players last weekend he will step down from his post following the season, ending a successful five-year run leading the Sabres.
The decision to resign is one Diversey contemplated following last year’s record-breaking campaign that saw Streamwood win its first conference, regional and sectional titles. Diversey ultimately chose to come back and guide a group of talented returning players this year, but the road has proven more difficult for the Sabres.
Streamwood snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory against Elgin on Tuesday to improve its record to 8-14. Although the program’s streak of three straight winning seasons is in jeopardy, Diversey stills sees potential in his squad.
“We’re a tough team, and if we start clicking on all cylinders we can be a devastating team going into the postseason,” said Diversey, the 2011 Courier-News Coach of the Year. “I told them to finish strong for themselves, finish strong for me and let’s make a run in these last (13 games).”
Diversey cited a desire to spend more time with his family among the reasons he is stepping down.
Two years ago a shakeup within School District U46 led Diversey to move as a teacher from Streamwood to Elgin High, and the obstacles associated with working and coaching at separate schools was another factor in his decision.
Diversey owns a 93-66-2 record during his five years with the Sabres. His resume also includes coaching stops at Huntley and his alma mater Chicago Kelly.
Streamwood set a school record for wins each of the past two seasons, including last year’s 30-7 campaign.