Baseball: Hinsdale Central coach Justin Cronin steps down

Story Image 7/13/10 Hinsdale,IL Hinsdale Central coach Justin Cronin before a game versus Waubonsie Valley in Hinsdale on July 13, 2010. (Rob Hart/Staff Photographer) Hinsdale Central summer baseball vs. Waubonsie Valley. Please only shoot Hinsdale Central. If possible, please get photo of newly named Hinsdale Central varsity head coach Justin Cronin

Updated: November 8, 2012 7:17PM

Hinsdale Central baseball coach Justin Cronin, whose program is being investigated by the IHSA, resigned Thursday for personal reasons, according to a statement by school athletic director Dan Jones.

Former baseball coach Tom Dorrance, who resigned in 2010 under pressure from parents, has been named interim baseball coach.

Cronin, who will continue teaching P.E at Hinsdale Central, coached the varsity baseball team for two seasons and has coached five years in the program, including at the freshman and sophomore levels. Hinsdale Central went 27-44 in his two years, incluing 12-22 (4-14 in the West Suburban Silver) last spring.

Last spring, parents of former players accused Cronin of allegedly using an ineligible player and sent their complaint to Jones. In September, Jones forwarded the information to the IHSA, which said Thursday it is still investigating.

“We have not made a formal ruling but we have met with school officials to discuss possible rules violations,” said IHSA Executive Marty Hickman in an email.

Messages left for Cronin were not immediately returned.

Dorrance coached baseball for 23 seasons at Hinsdale Central before stepping down. Jones said in the statement he will begin searching for a permanent baseball coach for the 2014 spring season.

“Dorrance has the experience in our conference and with our current staff to move our program from this season to the next as we search for a new head baseball coach,” said Jones in the release.

Jones could not be reached for comment. He is out of town and will not return until Monday according to his secretary.

“We respect coach Cronin’s decision,” principal Michael McGrory said in the release. “We appreciate and thank him for his years of service to the baseball program.”

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