Paul Caron has been around North Shore baseball for most of his life, and the Salem High teacher is bringing that knowledge to the Witches dugout.
Caron is taking over as Salem’s head baseball coach, the school and athletic director Scott Connolly announced last week.
“Growing up on the North Shore, Salem was always a program that I respected. They play baseball the right way,” said Caron, 37, who grew up in Middleton, played at Masconomet and now lives in Peabody. “The kids compete, they have passion for baseball, and being a teacher in the school, you really feel like you can have a positive impact on the kids.”
Caron has been a teacher in the Salem electrical department for three years. His proximity to the kids and history in baseball made him a great choice to replace the retiring Jim Tgettis, who led the Witches to the state tournament and won his milestone 400th career game last spring.
“I think Paul’s going to do a great job,” Connolly said. “As an administration, we’re really excited to have a coach that’s right here in the building, and with Paul’s history in baseball, I think it’ll be a great fit.”
Salem High had about 10 applicants for the position, Connolly said, and conducted four interviews before settling on Caron, who has worked as an assistant with his brother Michael at Cambridge and was an assistant at North Shore Tech before that.
The experience coaching with the Falcons, who have qualified for the Division 1 North tournament regularly out of the Greater Boston League, will certainly translate to Salem.
“One of the hardest things to do is it get kids to buy in, and being involved in my brother doing that in Cambridge has given me the tools to get that done,” Caron said.