Nayman praised by Dugout Club for 100th win
by Emily Horos
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Mike Nayman
Mike Nayman
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The Creekview baseball program may only be entering its seventh season, but it has already given coach Mike Nayman a few reasons to celebrate.

Nayman, who started the program when the school opened, was recognized last weekend at a Georgia Dugout Club coaches’ clinic for reaching the 100-win mark. The feat was accomplished in just six varsity seasons as Creekview’s initial season of junior varsity play didn’t count in the record books.

“We were fortunate that, last year, I wound up with No. 100,” Nayman said. “That was certainly cool because it was down at Turner Field against Sequoyah, a rival and all that stuff. You certainly feel not only honored, but blessed, to say that I have had a lot of great players to help me do that.”

Nayman said a lot more goes into being a head coach than just winning. He cited developing players and helping them make their way to college as two of his goals.

“If you have some success along the way, that’s just the icing on the cake,” Nayman said.

The Creekview program now has 102 varsity wins, or an average of 17 per season.

“We’ve been pretty blessed so far,” said Nayman, who was an assistant at Woodstock and Cherokee for six years before taking the Creekview position. “It’s been pretty cool to see the program grow from Day 1 to where we are now.”

In its first varsity season of 2007, Creekview finished 14-12 as a Class AA program. The Grizzlies struggled the following year and settled for an 11-15 mark.

The 2009 season was a breakthrough. Despite moving up to Class AAA, Creekview powered to a 24-5 record, though it lost the opening-round series of the state playoffs.

The story was similar in 2010, with the Grizzlies playing to a 20-9 record, but losing in the opening round of the playoffs.

Bumped up to Class AAAA in 2011, Creekview continued to excel. It reached the second round of he state playoffs for the first time in program history and finished the season with a 17-14 record.

The Grizzlies finished the 2012 season 16-10, but they did not reach the state playoffs after finishing fifth in the region.

Over the years, the names and faces on the team have changed, but Nayman’s goal is the same: To help the players be the best they can.

“(The player) always (has) the same aspiration,” said Nayman, who also won 105 games in four seasons as Creekview’s softball coach from 2007-10. “My seniors this year aren’t any different than the guys that got out of here four years ago and wanted to go play college or professional baseball.

“As a coach, you always want to see the team do well and then your guys individually achieve their dreams.”

With four seniors already committed to play in college, and two more likely to commit before the end of the season, Nayman sees a future of success for the program.

“There is a lot of potential here,” he said. “The future is bright.”
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