When a long-tenured coach steps away, there are bound to be feelings of apprehension.
That’s not the case for Jones County’s softball program.
With the retirement of long-time head coach Blake Lyons, who won more than 500 games as a coach, the Lady Greyhounds have handed things over to another well-versed coach from within the program. Tripp Burt, an assistant with JCHS for the past nine seasons, assumes the controls of the program coming off a third-place finish in last year’s GHSA Class AAAAA state tournament.
Like anyone taking on of a larger role, there has been an adjustment for Burt. But it’s not one that he is bashful about.
“Obviously, it’s been an adjustment. There is a lot more planning involved and mapping out the year,” Burt said. “It’s something that I have been looking forward to getting started with.”
An obvious built-in advantage for the Lady Greyhounds in the transition? Familiarity. There’s no adjustment needed of a new coach figuring out new players or having to learn the community. For Burt, that groundwork is already well-laid, something that has made the transition much easier.
“I know them, and they know me,” Burt said.” We all know the expectations of this program. We finished third in the state last year and the expectations are high for us again this year.”