Petaluma pride

  • Coach Kurt Jastrow runs drills during softball practice at Petaluma High School on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Success has never pushed Petaluma High softball coach Kurt Jastrow to leave for greener coaching pastures.

There's never been an itch for Jastrow, a 1970 Trojan graduate, to jump from his hometown or the same childhood home he's lived in for 50-plus years. He loves Petaluma too much to do that.

"I'm a Petaluma guy. I will never coach at another high school," said Jastrow, whose 2013 team starts the North Coast Section postseason softball tournament today as the No. 1 seed in Division 2. "I feel like it's home. Like it's my place. I grew up in my town since I was 8 years old."

Fourteen seasons, four Division II North Coast Section titles, two second-place section final appearances and job offers from local community colleges have never swayed him away from the southern Sonoma County town.

"I don't change much," Jastrow said. "I don't move around or do too much. I just love Petaluma — great people and a great town."

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