Mitch Messer, who led the Bozeman Bucks to its most successful period in program history, and Johnny Graham, pilot of the Belgrade Bandits' entry into AA, recently stepped down from their positions.
and Graham will remain in the area and each cited a lack of time as a reason for submitting their resignations.
"The deciding factor was time with the family," said Messer
, who has a 2-year-old daughter.
took over for Tucker Urdahl before the 2006 season and led the Bucks to the program's only state championship two summers later.
"That year was a lot of fun, in more ways than one," Messer
team of his
plans to resign after the Bucks lost to the Billings Scarlets in the state championship game in Miles City on July 29.
said it was difficult delivering the news, but added that the decision was the right one.
"We've spent so much time together, you invest a lot emotionally with the kids, so it's not easy," he
"It just came down to making family a bigger priority in my life."
Messer works at Farm Bureau in Bozeman as an agent and plans to stay in town.
Messer said he will still coach the Big Sky Baseball program, which he has done the past six years, in the fall, and will be instrumental in helping the Bucks hire a new coach.
also plans on providing private baseball lessons.
"I'll be around," he
Both Graham and Messer
did not rule out a return to head coaching.
: "It seems like every year, there's opportunities that come up.
It's just a matter of what fits for the family."
'll have a hard time matching the success the Bucks have enjoyed since he took over.
"It's been a wonderful four years," he