The Phoenix baseball program will begin the post-Joe Hagler era with recently hired coach Hank Munn.

The Phoenix baseball program will begin the post-Joe Hagler era with recently hired coach Hank Munn.

Munn, 40, served as an assistant to Hagler in the 1990s, including on the '98 Phoenix state championship team.

Hagler, who was involved in coaching at Phoenix since 1979, amassed 404 wins as the Pirates' head coach. He resigned last July.

"I've known Joe since I was a kid," Munn said. "I'm honored. I know what Joe brought to the game of baseball and to Phoenix. I respect the man immensely and hope to carry on the tradition he has established."

Munn is a 1986 graduate of Medford High School and is an insurance salesman in the area. He takes over a team that was ranked No. 1 in Class 4A for parts of last season. The Pirates finished 22-7 and lost in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

"When we looked at the applications, without a doubt, Hank was head and shoulders the most qualified guy," said Neill Carvalho, the Phoenix athletic director. "He has a passion for the game that really stood out in our eyes."

Said Munn: "I'm old school. I value respect in the game. I like small ball, and I like to generate stuff on the bases. I believe that the team is built around defense and pitching.

"There's a great history with the school. I'm looking to build a long history with these guys. I want to start with the youth programs and have my hand in everything."

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com