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Burnett named Badger baseball coach

JD Burnett, who was named the Yosemite High School varsity football coach in June, just added another title to his resume - Badger varsity baseball coach.

It was announced two weeks ago by YHS Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger that the final appointments for the baseball and softball coaching positions were temporarily put on hold, while the positions were posted ‘in-house.’ Oetinger said that if no one on the YHS staff was qualified, the two positions would be offered to the general public.

Burnett will replace Bob Siebenberg, who was the coach last season, after serving as an assistant for many years.

Burnett was an assistant baseball coach at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec (Kern County) when he first started his teaching career, but gave it up after that first year to focus on football.

“There was a need at YHS for a professional educator and coach,” Burnett said. “I am going to bring structure, discipline, and direction to the program.”

Last year’s team finished the season 8-18, with a fourth place finish in the North Sequoia League (4-12).

Burnett will name his assistants at a later date, and noted there are a lot of good baseball coaches in the community who are willing to help.

Burnett was the varsity football coach at Kerman for two seasons (15-10 record) before coming to YHS.

Prior to Kerman, he was an assistant coach at Hoover, Yosemite, Sierra, and Minarets.

His first head football coaching job was at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, where he coached for three seasons (2007 - 2009), leading the program to its best season in the school’s history compiling a 9-1 record in his final year.

He took Kerman to the section D-IV playoffs two straight years in 2013 and 2014.

Although he coached in the Valley, he and his family have always lived in Coarsegold.

At the time he was hired as the YHS football coach, Burnett said after living in the area most of his life, he plans on staying here the remainder of his life.

“Yosemite High School is my community. I am still close friends with many of the players I played with at YHS, most of whom still live up here,” Burnett said. “It means the world to me that I have the opportunity to coach here. Every career decision I have made has revolved around being able to raise my children in this community.”

A selection of the softball coach is expected soon. Last year’s coach was Suzette Combs.

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