For the first time in 15 years, the Dothan Post 12 American Legion Baseball Team has a new head coach. Larry Tubbs has stepped down as Post 12 head coach, with Jon McLain being promoted as his replacement.
Tubbs coached Post 12 for the past 15 years, leading the game to 652 wins, five state championships and two American Legion World Series, including a third place finish nationally in 2002.
McLain has Post 12 ties, coaching the program's Junior Legion team for the past three years, leading the team to a pair of state championships.
Tubbs says it was a tough decision to leave the Post 12 program, but he says he knew the time was right. And, he'll take plenty of fond memories with him, as he leaves the dugout for the "Dozen".
"It's the relationships with the players," Tubbs said. "Any coach that loves what they do will tell you that the relationships are what's important. I've built some over a good many years now.
"Hopefully, the kids will remember that, because that's what I'll take away from it."
Tubbs says he hopes to continue his affiliation with the game of baseball, possibly as a scout for a Major League franchise. He also plans to spend more time with his family in north Alabama.
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