Douglas High School and its baseball program are excited about new varsity head coach Chase Burch, who comes to Marshall County from Pinson Valley High School.
The Marshall County Board of Education approved Burch’s hiring during its June 20 meeting.
Burch coached Pinson Valley to the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs in 2019. As a high school player at Fultondale, his exploits with the bat were record breaking.
In 2004, Burch hit .681, breaking the AHSAA single-season batting average record held by Brodie Croyle.
After high school, Burch played for Southern Union Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University and then for Auburn University-Montgomery.
Burch played professional baseball in the American Association for the Pensacola Pelicans, where he was named rookie of the year. He was traded to the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League, where he played for four years.
In 2017, he was inducted into the Frontier Baseball League Hall of Fame.
“Honestly, Coach Burch’s accolades in baseball speak for themselves, and they are pretty incredible,” Douglas Principal Patrick Smith said.
“He has excelled at every level in which he has been involved with the sport, and I have no doubt that he will be very successful at Douglas High School. He is incredibly well respected as a hitting coach and is as passionate about baseball as anyone you could ever meet.
“I know that our kids are going to be very excited to learn from him.”
Burch met with the DHS players and parents last week, and Smith said the new coach came away “extremely impressed” with their enthusiasm for the program.
“I know he is very excited to get started in the position, and we are thrilled to have him become a part of our staff at DHS,” Smith said.