Taylor Brooks, a former pitcher and middle infielder at Lexington Catholic High School, is the Knights' new baseball coach.
"It's a great school and a great opportunity," said Brooks, a 2005 graduate of Lexington Catholic.
Brooks played college ball at Gardner-Webb and was an assistant at Lexington Catholic last spring under Kevin Clary.
Clary, who led the Knights to the state title in 2009, was fired a couple months ago.
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Brooks, 23, said when he was playing baseball he always had it in mind that he wanted to coach someday.
"When I was going through high school and college, I was always asking about everything. I wanted to hear the explanations so I could prepare myself to be a coach."
Lexington Catholic Athletics Director David Gadberry said Brooks is "very enthusiastic, and with his connections to our school, we felt it was a good fit for the players and the staff already on board."
Brooks said former University of Kentucky football and baseball player Pookie Jones will join his staff, along with Tom Hatfield.
Brooks said he knows the high expectations for success at Lexington Catholic, but his top priority will be to teach his players more than baseball.
"Our main focus will be to have a service-oriented program and teach kids values on and off the field to prepare them to succeed in life," he said.