Tim O’Driscoll, who has served as the official scorer for Brewers games for the past 20 years, cited health concerns in retiring as the head baseball coach at Hartland Arrowhead High School on Tuesday, according to the Lake Country Reporter.
O’Driscoll, 62, is the winningest coach in Wisconsin high school baseball history with a 742-328 record, and his Arrowhead Warhawks are the defending state baseball champions. He also led the school to a state title in 1979.
“Right now it’s not a life threatening illness, but it’s something that has to be taken care of immediately,” O’Driscoll told the Reporter on Tuesday afternoon. “But it is something I have to address and because of that, I won’t be able to coach. It hurts a lot to leave the position. When you’ve been doing something for 35 years, it’s not very easy to step away. It’s a very emotional time right now for my family and myself.”
O’Driscoll declined to tell the newspaper more specifics about the ailment. A pair of Brewers spokesmen said they were unaware of whether O’Driscoll’s health will take him away from official scorer duties.
He served in that capacity Monday night with his usual sense of humor, yelling scoring decisions and pitching lines across the press box because of a malfunctioning public address system, and was on the lineup card again Tuesday.
Baseball practice at Arrowhead begins Friday, and the school begins the season ranked No. 1 in the state.