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Adams steps aside as Falcons baseball coach

Nave takes reins
By: Mike Ray
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When Dick Adams took over the Colfax High baseball program two years ago, he made no promises to Falcon Athletic Director Justin Heimann other than he would coach the varsity team for two years and leave the program in a better place than he received it.

All things considered, Heimann and Colfax High got quite a deal.

Adams, a longtime area resident who has been involved with baseball in the local area including coaching at Colfax and Sierra College and being a Northern California scout for the Atlanta Braves, stepped down from his varsity coaching spot at Colfax earlier this month.

“It was a good two years,” said Adams, who took over a Colfax program in 2017 that had gone just 3-15 the season before and had missed the playoffs for the time in six years. Under Adams, Colfax went 34-24 in two seasons, qualified for the playoffs twice and last season won the school’s first CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship. “I feel the program is back on its feet and headed in a good direction.”

Under Adams’ tutelage, the Colfax program became heavily involved with the community and helped raise much-needed funding with a benefit golf tournament, co-sponsoring the Colfax Recreation men’s fastpitch softball tournament, hosting a cornhole tournament and resurrecting the school’s prestigious baseball pancake breakfast, which this past February featured four current major league baseball players as special guests.

“We had a great group of kids and parents,” said Adams. “The school was very supportive of what we did too. Couldn’t have done it without their help.”

Heimann didn’t have to go far to find Adams’ successor.

Chris Nave, a 1991 Colfax High graduate, and Adams’ top assistant coach, will take the Falcons’ reins. Nave was a three-sport standout and All-League pitcher for the Falcons in his playing days and went on to pitch at Sacramento State.

He has been involved heavily with baseball in the Colfax area and for the past five years as he served as president of the Sierra Foothills Little League.