Patrick Elias is expected to be named Dublin Scioto High School baseball coach, pending approval from the school board.

Patrick Elias is expected to be named Dublin Scioto High School baseball coach, pending approval from the school board.

Elias will replace Scott Marple, who resigned last month after four seasons.

"Being that I was only with Scott for four years, I was surprised to (become coach this soon)," Elias said. "But there were some obligations for his family, and we always preach family first.

"I'm excited. This is a great opportunity for me being so young."

Elias, a 2004 graduate of Warren Harding, takes over a team that was 17-9 overall and won a share of its second consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division title at 10-4.

While at Warren Harding, Elias was named all-Steel Valley Conference three times.

In addition to his job as an assistant coach, Elias also gained experience spending summers as an instructor for the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. There he worked with a selective group of high school players.

Elias spent a year playing baseball at John Carroll before succumbing to an injury he suffered during high school. An attendance counselor at Scioto, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio State.

He said his main purpose at the beginning of his tenure is to continue building what Marple started. Even Scioto summer league coach Brad Piunno said that they've worked to make this summer an extension of the spring season.

"It's going to be the same core philosophy," Elias said. "Great leaders in the classroom and great leaders in the community. It will be the same core philosophy in that you win with people."

Marple led Scioto to a 65-33 record and was 22-3 in 2009.