The Forsyth Country Day baseball team will have a new head of its program next season.
Ryan Mayhew, who was an assistant with the Furies last year, has been hired to replace Randy Pope, according to a statement released by the school on Tuesday. In May, Pope retired after a 38-year tenure coaching various high school teams across the Triad.
Mayhew isn’t new to area baseball — and is quite familiar with Pope. They coached together last season as the Furies finished 11-5 with a semifinals appearance in the NCISAA Class 3-A playoffs.
Mayhew was a pitcher at West Forsyth for three seasons, winning all-conference honors in the Central Piedmont 4-A in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Pope was his coach — part of a 15-year tenure with the Titans — before leaving to become an assistant at Guilford College in 2013.
Mayhew, a right-hander, racked up a 20-5 record and compiled 255 strikeouts in 140 innings pitched before moving on to join the UNC Wilmington baseball team in 2011. He remained with the Seahawks for two seasons, later transferring to Winston-Salem State in 2013.
According to the release, Mayhew was also the director of operations and a coach for the Carolina Rockies, a showcase team based in Clemmons, with 7U to 18U divisions.
He takes over a program which has been led by Pope since 2015. Pope finished his tenure with the Furies at 63-45 in those four seasons. Over the course of his career, Pope’s coaching resume included stops at Ledford, and later East Davidson for five years before taking over at West Forsyth in 1999 — that included an NCHSAA Class 4-A championship appearance against Fuquay-Varina in 2002.