On Tuesday evening, the Borger ISD School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Leslie Young as the new Borger ISD Athletic Director and James Day as the new Borger Bulldogs Head Football Coach.
Young has worked for the Borger school district for 22 years, starting as the 9th grade girls basketball and head girls golf coach, serving as an assistant girls basketball coach under Jill Schneider, assisting longtime Borger coach E.J. “Jeep” Webb in cross country, serving as head cross country and girls track coach the past 14 years, and working as the assistant athletic director the past eight years under Craig Shores, Tim Anuszkiewicz, and Rusty Purser.
On being named Borger AD, Young sees the promotion as a big honor, saying, “This is an opportunity that I never saw being a possibility, so I feel privileged that the school district even considered me for the position. I had the opportunity to learn under three good guys and hope to continue to see the success we have had.”
Young went on to say that Borger has had and continues to have good students and coaches each year so there has always been the expectation to have success and that won't change. Young commented, “There is always room for improvement and the opportunity to see the different programs grow. But we are blessed to have good kids come through Borger, so I expect to see us to continue to have success and I expect every student to be well rounded where they have success in athletes, academics, band, or anything they participate in.”
While the school year comes to an end on Friday, Young will be working hard to fill coaching positions in several key spots, including a head coach in girls basketball and volleyball.
Day was named the new head football coach after serving the past three years as the Bulldogs defensive coordinator.
Day, a Sul Ross University graduate, has 23 years of coaching experience with stops in Bracketville, Midland Lee, and Floydada prior to his time in Borger.
On why he was interested in taking the head coaching position, Day said, “I feel good about what we have started here in Borger and I want to do all I can to keep that on track. We also have a lot of good kids coming back and a great group of underclassmen coming up so I am excited about having this opportunity.”
Day went on to say there won't be any major changes within the team ,with himself still working with the defense while Antonio Murga will continue to serve as the team's offensive coordinator. Day said, “Our style is still going to be the same, which is going high speed and being aggressive while keeping things simple.”
In looking ahead for the 2012 season, the Bulldogs face a tough non-district schedule, which Day said is as tough as anyone will face across the state. But the coach is optimistic that the tough schedule will help prepare the Bulldogs to compete for their fourth district title in a row. Day commented, “We return all of our offensive line, Jacob Rendon at quarterback and Aaron McKee at running back. We will probably use a fullback more than we have, but with that much experience returning I expect us to be able to move the ball and score points.” Day added, “On defense we will return only one senior starter. But we have a very athletic group of young players coming up that should be able to step in to help us now and the next three years.”