It’s been a quiet but productive summer for Burnet athletics

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — The first 30 days of the summer have been quieter than in past years for the athletic department at Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

Athletic director Kurt Jones hired two familiar faces back to the district in May. Todd Doucet returns as the head baseball coach and Jerod Rye as the boys coordinator at the middle school. Rye was the offensive coordinator under then-head football coach Bob Shipley a decade ago.

On the girls’ side, Frank Huey is the new head track coach and assistant basketball coach, while Crystal Syphrett returns to the middle school as a coach.

“In terms of hiring, it’s definitely been the quietest or slowest or easiest part of the summer,” Jones said. “That’s a good thing. We had very little turnover.”

He said not having to hire several different coaches bodes well for his athletes.

“I think it’s important for our entire program,” he said. “We have some great systems in place. It’s helpful in a lot of ways.”

One way is stability, he said, as athletes are familiar with their coaches’ expectations, how they approach practices and contests, and simply with rapport.

And since so many of the head coaches offer summer camps, the elementary and middle school players already know who’s in charge. Jones said that helps later as those athletes grow up and have an idea of what practices will be like and are not intimidated by the coaches.

June also highlighted the second summer of Speed Killz Period, a company from Leander that’s been brought in to conduct the department’s summer strength-and-conditioning program.

As in summer camps, Jones said he believes those participating in Speed Killz Period will reap the benefits later.

“You’re keeping your body in shape during the summer,” he said. “It’s not like it was 40 or 50 years ago. You really need to stay in shape. Kids have to keep their bodies in shape.”

The athletes have been working out four days a week since June 2. They’re taking this week off and will resume July 7 for the final three weeks before two-a-days start Aug. 4.

jfierro@thepicayune.com