Bryan Morris has resigned as the Grundy County Yellow Jacket baseball head coach to return to his alma mater, Tullahoma High School and take over their baseball program as their head coach. Morris was 17 – 16 in his one year at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program and guided his young team to a second place finish in District 7 AA and Region 4 AA. The Jackets lost in the sectionals to the Region 3 AA champion Loudon Redskins 3 – 0.
Coach Morris is a 2005 graduate of Tullahoma High School. It is understandable why he would want to go back and lead the baseball program at his alma mater. Tullahoma has had a storied history in high school baseball circles for years.
Even though he was at Grundy County for only one year, he took a sophomore dominated team and made them very competitive and took them within one game of returning to the state tournament. He was very impressive, in my opinion, teaching basic baseball without all the bells and whistles that a lot of coaches seem to want to install in this day and time. The team improved throughout games at the plate and battled in almost every game to have a chance to win.
They played fundamental baseball throughout the season and whoever takes the job as head coach of the Yellow Jacket baseball team will inherit a fundamentally sound team that will be dominated by the junior class.
June – busy month for multi – sport athletes
As we near the end of June, it has been a busy month for athletes preparing for the 2019 – 2020 sports season. From weight room training for football, summer basketball camps, and summer baseball games, players are constantly preparing for the next year. Let’s don’t forget volleyball, golf, cross country, softball and cheerleading. All these sports have become year round when it comes to staying in shape.
In a school the size of Grundy County it is important that all sports share athletes. If an athlete wants to play multiple sports, then he or she should be encouraged to play as many as they would like. Oftentimes, you here of coaches in many places that want an athlete to concentrate on one sport. Sometimes we forget that these kids are in high school. Let them enjoy the experience. I don’t believe concentrating on one sport will make that big a difference with an athlete that is capable of performing at the next level. I still believe athletes that enjoy all of them and their teammates will be able to look back and be glad they participated in all they desired.
Remember, it’s what the athlete desires. If they want to play one sport, that’s fine, but if they want to participate in more than one sport they should be encouraged by both parents and coaches. They have teammates that will be their teammates in other sports. One may excel at one sport better than another sport, but they still may be able to contribute in the other sport. There should be no greater memory of an athlete looking back on their high school experience as one that remembers the relationships they formed with those around them.
So, as the TSSAA Dead Period approaches (Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, July 6) athletes that have bounced from the weight room to the gym to the diamond are putting the finishing touches on their preparation of the upcoming season. After two weeks away from sports, athletes should be refreshed and ready to go. Hopefully, all athletes that are capable of helping in all sports participate to help make Grundy County athletics as good as they possibly can be.