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New Burnet defensive coordinator backs out; Llano hires two coaches

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER

BURNET — The Burnet High School football team has resumed its search of a defensive coordinator.

Burnet High School athletic director and head football coach Kurt Jones said on May 4 that Jason Byndom of Magnolia West had a change of heart after talking to family members.

Byndom had accepted the position days earlier.

“We went back to the hiring board again,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, Llano High School athletic director Craig Slaughter announced the hires of two new head basketball coaches.

Aaron Nuckles will take over the boys basketball program, while Jerry McSherry is the new Lady Jackets head coach.

Nuckles has spent the past five seasons coaching at Lometa. He went 100-41 during those years, reached the playoffs each season and guided Lometa to four consecutive district championships.

Before he became the head coach, Nuckles was an assistant coach at Lampasas.

“He’s built a great program,” Slaughter said. “One of the things I ask when I interview is if they know what they’re getting into. He was very aware. He knew what we’re all about. He understands the challenges of being the head coach.”

McSherry worked for Slaughter before at Clyde and Sweetwater. He guided the 2007-08 Clyde team to a 25-7 record.

During his career, he has won 498 games. He has spent the past four years at Menard. Menard finished second in District 16-1A, beat Cross Plains 52-39 in the first round of the playoffs but lost to Roby 75-67 in overtime in the second round.

Last season, Menard won the district championship and reached the regional quarterfinals, where it lost to Garden City 52-48.

In 2013-14, Menard captured the district title and reached the regional tournament, where it lost to Calvert 48-44.

“He’s a proven hoops coach,” Slaughter said. “I look forward to coming to build our program. He’s a great guy.”

One quality McSherry has is the ability to build rapport with his players and friendships within the community, Slaughter said, specifically parents.

“He’ll do a great job,” he said. “We’re excited about the changes we have and what’s going on.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com