Generals Name New Head Coach

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Don Brubaker

dbrubaker@newscenter25.com

Updated: 12/10/2013 1:14 pm

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The Victoria Generals announced today that Jonathan Burns has been named the
team’s fourth head coach in team history for the 2014 season.  Burns is currently the pitching coach at Texas A&M
University-Kingsville. Burns was the assistant coach last year and helped the
Generals reach the championship series for the fourth time in team
history.


“I am thrilled to have Jonathan back for his second season
with our ball club,” commented Mike Yokum, Generals Vice President and General
Manager.
“Coach Burns did a solid job as an assistant coach last
season developing a strong pitching staff.
  Our players learned
a great deal from him last year and will continue to grow under his
leadership.”


Burns is currently in his second year as the pitching coach
at A&M-Kingsville which is currently ranked #12 in the country in NCAA
Division II baseball for the 2014 season.
 


The current A&M-Kingsville pitching staff is made up of
several former Generals who had successful seasons under the tutelage of
Burns.
  The staff is highlighted by ace right-hander Dallas Ponder,
a native of Flatonia, who finished the season 10-2 sharing the Lone Star
Conference lead in wins and was second with 88 strikeouts and a league best
88-1/3 innings. Ponder finished up the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record
and earned his 10
th win in
the opening game of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament. He was the LSC
Pitcher of the Year.


Burns made a name for himself as a player at Cisco Junior
College and St. Edward’s University.
  Burns was an
all-region performer at Cisco as he helped guide the school to its first ever
regional appearance.
 


As a senior at St. Edward’s, Burns established himself as
one of the best closers in the country by posting a record of 7-4 to go along
with six saves.
  Burns struck out 54 batters in 49.1
innings.
 


His success on the mound in college led to him being
selected in the 26
th round of
the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves.
  Burns played two seasons in the Braves minor league system before
retiring to start his coaching career.


Burns spent a season at St. Edward’s as a volunteer
assistant coach in 2012 before becoming the pitching coach at A&M Kingsville
last fall.


Burns and the Generals will kick off the 2014 Texas
Collegiate League season on May 29
th on the
road against the Woodlands Strykers.

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