Shortly after accepting the position, Brian Carr has resigned as Burris athletic director. Carr said he has accepted a job teaching middle school health and physical education in the Jay School Corporation. Carr taught the same subjects at Burris before accepting the athletic director job this summer.
Carr described his new job as a “great opportunity,” but declined to provide specifics about what made the position stand out.
“It’s just a great opportunity, that’s all,” he said. “It just came about, and I’m just really pleased to have that opportunity to go there.”
Carr is a Burris alum who attended the school beginning in kindergarten. After graduating in 1983, he went on to play basketball at the University of Nebraska. He later returned to Burris and served a 14-year stint as the school’s boys basketball coach. After a one-year coaching hiatus, he coached the Burris girls basketball team last season. He had previously resigned that position when he accepted the athletic director role. He has worked at Burris for 16 years.
He said his longstanding ties to Burris made accepting his new job more difficult.
“Burris is an awesome place, I’ve had a great experience there, and great people,” Carr said. “The administration, the parents, the families, it’s just a great place. Ball State’s awesome as well, they’ve treated me so kind, this was just a great opportunity for me and my family.”
During his brief tenure as athletic director, Carr hired Matt Jones, a Burris alum and one of his former players, as head coach of the school’s boys basketball team.
Carr said there are no immediate plans to go into coaching at Jay County. He said he’s not ruling out making another move into athletic administration in the future, but said he has no immediate plans to do that either.
Carr said his passion remains in the classroom as a teacher, something he said he looks forward to with his new job in Jay County.
“I just love to teach,” he said. “And this opened up, and it’s great.”
Morgan tabbed to lead Taylor women’s tennis
Taylor University announced that it has hired Yorktown coach Jini Morgan to lead its women’s tennis team. Morgan coached both the boys and girls teams at Yorktown for the last four years. Morgan said the Taylor position stood out to her before it became available.
“Just the community and knowing the reputation of Taylor just made it sound like a dream job,” she said. “And honestly, when I went in and interviewed, all the coaches that I met, it was exactly that. It just seemed like it was a different feel.”
Morgan said her highlights at Yorktown included the successes of Kati Vasalakis and Ian Landwehr, who each competed at state. She also mentions when the girls team qualified for state as a team in the spring of 2010. But she also brings up the high numbers she drew for the girls team, which allowed her to teach the game to some beginning players. She also mentions the improvement she saw from the boys team during her tenure.
Morgan replaces Bob Darby, who recently resigned after two seasons with the Trojans. She said she plans to remain an instructor at the Muncie YMCA despite taking over the Taylor position.
“Taylor Athletics is excited to add Jini Morgan as our new head women’s tennis coach,” Taylor athletic director Angie Fincannon said in a news release. Her experience as a coach at various levels and her ongoing involvement in various tennis communities in Muncie and Central Indiana make her a great leader for our program.”
Yorktown athletic director Dan Wolfert said Morgan officially resigned Saturday, and that the search for a new coach is ongoing. An assistant coach has been leading the boys team in its early practices.