Andy Poli, who was the varsity baseball coach at The Summit from 2001-2007, returns to lead the program once again. He replaces Triffon Callos, who retired from active coaching after 15 years at The Summit, 12 as varsity coach.
“Triffon and his entire coaching staff, everything they did was fantastic,” Poli said. “I hired him right out of college and had a gut feeling he’d do well. He represented The Summit extremely well.”
Upon hearing that his former charge stepped away from the role, Poli expressed his interest in returning to Athletic Director Greg Dennis.
“When the opportunity came up, I talked with Greg about it,” the coach said. “It was a great fit when I was here the first time around, and it’s just as great a fit now. I love this school.”
Facets he enjoyed most about The Summit were that he never had to worry about his players getting into trouble, and they were always in good academic standing. “The academics here are second-to-none,” he said.
Devoid of off-field distractions, Poli and his teams enjoyed success on the field. Poli’s teams won sectional championships in five of the six seasons, and his teams captured two district titles (2002, 2007). He was a coach in the Cincinnati East/West all-Star game twice (2002, 2003), a Mizuno all-Ohio coach (2004) and Miami Valley Conference coach of the year (2006).
Poli, a member of The Summit Athletic Hall of Fame, finished his first tenure with a 127-51 record, a .713 winning percentage. That first tenure yielded plenty of success, but he’s ready for more.
With the school’s move from Division III to Division II, he knows it is not going to be easy, but he believes he has good classes in place to make a serious run at his goal if everything falls into place.
“I worked to take our teams deep into the playoffs, and Triffon took it a step further by making it to the state final,” Poli said. “I want to take it a step further than that. I want to win a state championship.”