Garrard County is looking for a new baseball coach after Doug Simpson resigned Monday.
“Doug works at the (Danville) fire department and has a pretty stressful, full-time job. I think he just wanted to be with his family. You only have one shot to see your kids grow up,”¿Garrard athletics director Kalem Grasham said Thursday. “Doug loves the game of baseball and loves Garrard County. There’s not a person more qualified for to coach baseball at Garrard¿County than Doug Simpson.
Simpson, a Garrard County gradaute, went 26-63 in his three years as head coach.
Grasham said the job has already been posted, and said Garrard will first look at certified teachers inside the school district. If they cannot find someone in the district, then a certified candidate outside the district or a para-professional would be considered.
“We’re not in a hurry, but we would like to get somebody in place as soon as possible,”¿Grasham said. “I¿need someone that will put a shot of energy in the baseball program. I feel we’ve got a tremendous amount of talent in the program if we put the right pieces in place in terms of a coach. I have no reason to believe we can’t be successful as a baseball program.”
The new baseball coach would be the eighth new coaching hire Garrard has made in the past year.
This fall alone, the Golden Lions have new coaches in cross country, volleyball, boys and girls golf, boys soccer and cheerleading.
Dennis Pardue was recently hired as the new boys basketball coach, and the track and field teams will also have new coaches.