When Paul Renfrow arrived as the new varsity baseball head coach at his alma mater, Marina High, in the fall of 1983, he was surprised to find that the school didn't have a baseball field.
Worse yet, one did exist, but he couldn't find it.
"It was dragged over and desolate," he said. "I can't even tell you what I thought."
When he retires and relinquishes his positions this week as baseball coach and boys' athletic director at a school he's been loyal to for nearly 43 years, he will have done so as the architect who built the baseball program from the ground up.
Renfrow said he is "retiring and resigning" to spend time with his wife, Vicki, and the rest of his family.
Former Marina student and assistant football coach, Dean Yoshiyama, is the new Marina boys' athletic director.
"He really has built this program," said Bob Marshall who inherits the role of varsity baseball coach from Renfrow. "What's amazing is that when Paul came here, the field wasn't there. It was a big weed patch, a real mess. He came in and changed everything, for the better, bottom line.