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Brothers unite

BREAKING: David Deerman leaves Jacksonville baseball after more than 20 years to join his brother, Matt, on the diamond at Piedmont

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

In one of his first games this season Matt Deerman got to coach against his older brother David for the first time with them both being head coaches. It was a special experience.

In the first game of the season next year, they will be coaching with each other on the same staff for the first time.

In a move sure to shock the Calhoun County sports scene, David Deerman has resigned as the longtime head baseball coach at Jacksonville and will join his brother at Piedmont High School. The older Deerman was approved Thursday night.

“It’s something we’ve talked about at times,” Matt Deerman said. “We’re both super excited to be on the same side.”

Matt Deerman got his first head coaching job this year when he took over for James Blanchard after six years as an assistant. His guided the Bulldogs into the Class 3A state championship series earlier this week where they lost to Gordo in two games.

David Deerman has been a fixture at Jacksonville. During their times at separate schools they talked baseball and their teams just about every day on their ways to school.

Make no mistake, however, who is running the show.

“I told him after 37 years of big brother bullying, now I’m the boss,” Matt said.

“He’s right; he is the boss, whatever he says goes,” David said. “I’m 100 percent behind him.”

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