“Even though we have had a relatively calm year, a definite positive,” Turner said of the replacement process, “the only negative is we had a couple of coaches leave in mid-July.
“You never want to have to deal with that this time of year,. but it happens — in all school districts.”
Looking for coaches in mid-summer is made even more challenging because After July 12, unless the school district agrees to allow an exception, coaches are bound to their contract for the coming school year.
“If I need to fill a spot after the deadline, especially if it’s an assistants position,” Turner said, “I will try to find a [recent college] graduate who is just now getting into the market.
“I would hate for someone to approach one of our coaches after mid-July, so I certainly don’t want to do that to anyone else.”
But Pojo’s athletic director did have to address some departures, perhaps the most prevalent being on Springtown’s diamonds, hiring head coaches for softball and baseball.
“Because it is tough to find veteran head coaches late in the process, especially for girls sports,” he said, “my goal was to find a coach that had played some college ball, and maybe just needed some direction in the head coach aspect of administration. And one who knows the game very well.”
Turner feels he filled the requisite efficiently, bringing head softball coach Amy Balke into the fold. Springtown certainly landed a coach who is accustomed to success.
“Amy played in the softball state championship game while she was at Brenham,” Turner said, “She was also in the state tournament two other times in during high school, and had a nice collegiate career, as well.
“She was a catcher in the program at the University of Texas and just graduated from UT. So, I certainly accomplished the mission I set out to.”