The North Montgomery baseball team has a new face of the program.

But you'll likely recognize him.

Athletic director Matt Merica will take the helm as head coach this season, replacing Matt Voorhees, who resigned in late October following a promotion within the Indiana State Police.

"The program is in pretty good shape right now," Merica told The Paper. "We've had quite a bit of success. I just want to build on that and continue the winning ways and win championships."

Merica said that the timing of the resignation played a part in the decision for him to coach.

"Coach Voorhees and I had no control of when the promotion happened and it was something that he couldn't pass up," Merica said. "The timing on it wasn't ideal. It was a situation where we had to look from within. We have an excellent staff and I would guess that a majority of the staff will be back. We're looking forward to another good year."

Despite the influence of timing, Merica said he does not necessarily see this as a temporary solution.

"We're just going to take it where it goes. There are no definite plans on how long it's going to be. We're just focused on this season," Merica said.

Voorhees resigned after six years and 100 wins with the program. Merica and his staff will have the benefit of returning last season's Montgomery County Player of the Year, Maverick Bacon. Bacon is set to sign a national letter of intent on Nov. 12 to play baseball at Ball State University.

"We've got a lot of kids with experience coming back at the varsity level," Merica said. "We have talented kids coming up from junior varsity. It's going to be a nice mix of veteran leaders that have been there two to three years and a nice group of younger kids to help us out."

Merica said he has experience coaching youth leagues and spent four years as the varsity head coach at Streator High School in Illinois in the late 1990s and early 2000s before entering into administration. He has also coached Legion Ball and teenage travel teams.

The first official baseball practice is March 17 with games beginning March 31. In the meantime, Merica said that there are already kids working in the weight room and that there will be opportunities for open facilities starting in the next couple of weeks.