When baseball coach Daniel Bourgeois took a job as assistant principal at Boyd High School, it left the district with a vacancy at the head baseball coach position.
That spot was filled recently when James Karcher was hired to head up the Yellowjacket baseball program.
Karcher, who spent last year as the assistant baseball coach in Pilot Point, grew up in California and played junior college baseball there before transferring to Abilene Christian and then on to Tarleton State.
After his playing days were over, he coached college baseball before taking the Pilot Point job last year.
“I was looking for a baseball guy, not just a guy to help with football,” Boyd’s Director of Athletics Brandon Hopkins said. “He has a lot of baseball knowledge from playing and coaching at the college level.”
This will be his first head coaching job.
“It’s all about getting the kids excited about the game,” Karcher said. “We are in a difficult district, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Karcher said he will bring an “old school” approach to Boyd.
“We are going to work on doing the little things well like fundamentals, fielding and throwing strikes,” he said. “We are not going to sit back and wait on the three-run homer. I want to put pressure on the other team, and wait on them to make the mistakes.”
Karcher’s other duties will include coaching junior high football and basketball.
He and his wife, Camille, have three children.