JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — High school head baseball coach Jose Sierra resigned from the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District on March 5, effective immediately.
Athletic director Kurt Jones confirmed the change, adding Sierra cited personal reasons.
“He felt like it was best to do that,” he said.
Jones said he could not say anymore regarding the reasons why Sierra, who was promoted to head coach last summer, resigned.
The athletic director already named an interim head coach, Stephen Shipley, an assistant coach, to serve the remainder of the season.
Shipley, who is in his first year with the Bulldogs, was the head baseball coach at Brownsfield. While a Burnet assistant, Shipley was the first-base coach and helped the pitching staff.
Jones said he’s confident Shipley will continue to provide the players with solid instruction and leadership.
“In 24 hours, I’ve been impressed with him stepping up,” he said. “He has coached it all: infielders, outfielders, pitchers, catchers. We’re fortunate to have a guy like him sitting here.”
In addition, Bryan Robertson, an assistant football and basketball coach, will serve as an assistant coach for the baseball team.
As for the players, Jones said he had a chance to talk to them during their retreat before the season started. He spoke about leadership, the athletic director said.
“It’s easy to lead when things are sunshine and roses,” he recalled saying. “You find true leaders in tough moments. That’s when you need leaders the most.
“We didn’t anticipate this hurdle in front of us,” he added. “I’m confident we have a strong senior class and a strong junior class. There’ll be plenty of good leadership that’ll emerge.”