By JOEL McNEECE
Josh Dowdy, of Pontotoc, has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Bruce High School succeeding Sid Burt who resigned last week.
Dowdy, 31, who played and coached as an assistant at Pontotoc High School, was introduced to the team at a meeting Tuesday morning.
“The potential for Bruce baseball is at its highest level,” Dowdy said after meeting with the team. “Coming from a winning program at Pontotoc, I know what it takes and that’s hard work.”
“I’m excited to be here at Bruce,” Dowdy said. “We’ve got a great group of kids. I’m looking forward to it.”
Burt, who has led the Trojan baseball program the past seven years, five of which they made the playoffs including a North State Championship run in 2010, notified BHS?Principal Mark Grubbs of his intentions to resign last week.
“There are many things I want and need to do,” Burt said. “If I can’t give 100% to the Trojan baseball program then I believed I needed to step down because I want the best for these players.”
Burt will remain on staff as a teacher at BHS.
“I really appreciate the job Sid has done,” BHS Principal Mark Grubbs said. “I remember when we couldn’t hardly win a baseball game. Sid has done an amazing job turning this program around.”
Looking forward, Grubbs said he’s “very excited” about what Dowdy brings to the program.
“He’s a worker. He’s a baseball guy,” Grubbs said. “I think we got an outstanding coach.”