STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
Technically, Burnet High School is getting two new head coaches for the 2019-20 school year, though one has worn Bulldogs green in the past.
Casey Schubert returns for a second stint with the athletic department, this time as the Lady Dawgs head volleyball coach. In 2016-17, Schubert was the Burnet head cross-country and assistant track coach.
Schubert spent the 2018-19 school year as the girls athletics coordinator at New Diana High School.
Burnet Consolidated Independent School District athletic director Kurt Jones said Schubert’s hire was obvious to everyone who interviewed her.
“We all looked at each other and said, ‘Hands down, we know who our best candidate is,’” he said.
Schubert replaces Shelly Jones, who resigned to take a position at Lockhart Independent School District.
BCISD also named Corey Aven as the new head softball coach. Aven comes to Burnet High School from Monahans High School
Aven is currently guiding Monahans (21-11, 6-2 in District 2-4A) through the Class 4A playoffs. Monahans finished second in District 2 and crushed Clint 11-0 in a bi-district game.
The Lady Lobos lost in the regional quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018 and in the area round in 2016.
“We’re excited about what coach Aven has done,” Jones said. “We think we landed two outstanding human beings.”
This is the fourth head softball coach and fourth head volleyball coach in five years. Jones credited the volleyball players for advancing to the playoffs every year since 2013 despite several coaching changes. He said cohesion in those programs is a priority.
“We need some stability in the volleyball and softball programs,” Jones said. “We’ve had a lot of heavy discussions. We feel these are people who want to make a difference. It’s finding the right person to come in and be stable, to be a strong role model.”
On the football side, head football coach Jerod Rye chose Matt DeBerry from College Station High School as the Bulldogs new offensive coordinator, a role Rye held until taking over as head coach.
Cory Warner, a Burnet High School graduate and former defensive back, is joining the Burnet staff as a defensive coach. He had previously been a Burnet Middle School coach.