Balke has softball, and mentoring, in her blood, as her dad is a softball coach at Altaire Rice, a district in the Houston area. She comes from a teaching family, and has already had several coaching stints in other venues.
“She’s been giving lessons, coaching in select leagues and has been involved in the UT-sponsored softball camps,” Turner said. “And she has a wealth of contacts to draw upon, including her dad.
“I think she will do well and am very excited about having her here.”
Balke will also head up Springtown’s cross country program.
For Porcupines baseball, Stan Gideon has been hired as head coach, who will also help out with freshman football.
“Stan was the head baseball coach at Northwest, and has also coached at Granbury, Alamo Heights and in Austin Westlake program,” Turner said. “He’s a baseball guy and very good at it — a great addition to our staff. He will help us in football as well, but I’m really looking forward to his influence in our baseball program.
“And I think he’s happy to be here. He has a couple of kids and getting out to a smaller community was appealing for him and his family.”
Josh Ward and Bradley Bryant will be helping Gideon with Pojo baseball.
In his varsity football staff, head coach Turner did lose one assistant, but has covered the vacancy by moving Josh Strickland to coach the quarterbacks, while Stryker Strickland and Duncan McLean will divvy-up by position to tutor the receivers.
Springtown assistant principal Bo Maines will rejoin the football ranks, helping out with sub-varsity D-line coaching while retaining his administrative duties.
Off the field of play, Karl Hornback (former head wrestling coach, is Springtown ISD’s new stadium manager, replacing Bill Reed.