Brian Dour spent nine seasons heading up the revived Triopia High Trojans baseball team, winning three regional championships in that span.
So, after the local school board unexpectedly decided to take the baseball program and his other coaching job in the basketball program in different directions, Dour looked back on his time with pride, he told The Springfield State Journal-Register.
"I'm very proud of what we accomplished in a short amount of time," Dour, also an elementary teacher, told The State Journal-Register. "The first couple of years were a learning experience for the kids and for me. We were able to build the program to a high standard."
Dour coached the Triopia baseball team having played the game previously himself, both in college and the pros. His professional career, though, was a brief one, playing just four seasons and never making the majors.
Dour's professional career began in 1989, taken by the Giants in the fifth round out of Bradley University in Illinois.
With the Giants, Dour played his first season between short-season Everett and single-A Clinton. Between them, he went 3-6 in 14 outings, 12 starts. He also posted a 2.86 ERA.
For 1990, he moved to high-A San Jose, going 6-6 in 24 starts, posting a 4.03 ERA. He also recorded a complete-game shutout.
For 1991, though, Dour's season was brief. He got just four outings, three starts. In 18.1 innings, he gave up just four earned runs. He then missed all of 1992 and returned for a brief 1993, what would be his final year as a pro. In 18 relief outings, Dour saved 10 and had an ERA of 1.52, ending his career.
- Springfield State Journal-Register, June 2, 2008: Dour surprised to lose Triopia coaching jobs