Former University of Arizona catcher David Landrith is set to take over head coaching duties at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. Landrith served as the head coach for Flowing Wells for twenty years before moving over to an assistant position at Canyon del Oro. Landrith served as an assistant at Pusch Ridge last year.
Landrith replaces longtime coach Mark Frithsen (153-78) who completed a very successful run at the school starting in 2010 including a runner-up finish in 2014, four quarterfinal appearances and a semifinal finish.
Landrith was a member of the Arizona 1980 National Championship team and played a couple of years in minors after the Royals drafted him in 1983. His father, Hobie Landrith played 13 years in the Majors and added another year coaching. His daughter, Robin Landrith, played for Ironwood Ridge and Baylor and served as an assistant coach at Yale last year. Robin was the 2012 TucsonCitizen.com Student Athlete of the Year. His son, Tyler Landrith. played baseball for Flowing Wells, Eastern Arizona, Colorado Christian and Colorado State-Pueblo.
Pusch Ridge won a 2A state championship in 2009 under for major league pitcher Doug Jones.
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