On the last days of the Costa Mesa High baseball season, Coach Jim Kiefer talked about next year and how so many players planned to return.
Kiefer has decided he will not join them next season.
Kiefer informed his players on Wednesday that he stepped down as coach to concentrate on being the boys' athletic director, and to pursue his master's degree and to spend time with his family.
Kiefer led the Mustangs for six seasons, guiding them to the Orange Coast League title two years ago. The league crown was the program's first since 1978 and one of Kiefer's finest moments.