BY JEFF FALK
Chris Weidner has always been season-to-season, moment-to-moment, base-to-base. He came ‘this close’ to coaching the game he loves for 20 years.
Weidner recently stepped down after 19 spring as the head baseball coach at Elco. He was one of the longest tenured baseball coaches in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, and in Lebanon County in general.
Citing family commitments, Weidner tenured his resignation to the Elco administration. Never uncooperative with the local media, Weidner was a steward of the game, a proponent of student-athletes and always seemed to get the most out of his teams, although the Raiders never earned the hardware to show for it.
During his tenure, the Raiders amassed an overall record of 221-178, which included marks of .500 or better in 16 seasons and a 15-6 record in 2017. Under Weidner, the Raiders captured the Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three crown in 1999 and reached the District Three Class AA championship game in 2007.
In one of his classiest moves, Weidner retained the services of his predecessor, local legend Lyle Krall, as an assistant coach during his tenure. Weidner was one of the driving forces behind Elco renaming its baseball venue ‘Lyle Krall Field’.
With the 2018 season less than three months away, Elco has begun a search for Weidner’s successor.