Parkway stuck with one of its own to take over as the Panthers’ new baseball coach.
Assistant coach David George officially moved into the position full-time barely two months after he became the interim coach following Rick Bryant’s resignation after 13 years at the helm. Bryant remained athletic director and new principal Waylon Bates re-opened the search last week before giving the job back to George.
“I thought it was fair,” said George, the coach at Bossier for five years before coming to Parkway. “I was excited to have that opportunity because I graduated from Parkway and played baseball there and my kids did.”
The 1980 graduate likes the support for baseball he’s seen so far from Bates, a former Haughton Middle School principal entering his 19th year with Bossier Parish schools. Both men hope to return Parkway to the success it experienced prior to an ongoing five-year playoff drought.
But George knows it will take some significant work, especially in a loaded District 1-5A that produced three second-round teams and a state runner-up last postseason. Parkway often started five or six freshmen and finished 9-17 overall, with just three wins in 12 district games.
He plans to bring a more aggressive baserunning style, noting he’ll ask his pitchers to also play different positions. The added experience of a young team along with some key senior leadership gives George plenty of hope for the future.