East Jackson will be looking for a new baseball coach for next year.
David Robertson resigned as head baseball coach for the East Jackson Eagles earlier this season. Robertson led the first year team to a 7-17 overall record, and 6-13 in the region. He is quick to point out that it’s not the record that made him make this decision.
“I’m not going to point fingers at people, because I feel that’s what cowards do,” Robertson said. “I’m not a coward. I’m not going to sit here and say it was this person’s fault or that person’s fault. It was a decision that I made based on some things that had been happening to me.”
Robertson also wanted to make it clear that it was not a fault of the team parents.
“That seems to be the number one thing I keep hearing, and that’s not the case,” he said. “I had those parents’ full support from the minute I walked onto this campus last summer, and I still have a lot of their support.
“It was solely a decision my wife and I made. The parents didn’t run me out, the record didn’t run me out.”
Robertson said he had a lot of fun coaching the Eagles in their inaugural season.
“I can’t even put into the words how much fun I had,” he said. “I think that helped me bond with these players. They know me as someone who is hard but fair. They know they can joke around with me, as I do with them, but they also know when it’s time to go to work. I hate that they only got to spend one season with me, because we did have a lot of fun, off and on the field.”
Despite his resignation from EJCHS, Robertson said he would still be around.
“My wife and my little girl and I love this community,” he said. “My wife works at East Jackson Elementary School for Mrs. Norris, and my daughter loves going to school there. We came up here with the idea in mind that this is a great place to raise a family, and we still feel that way. Just because things didn’t work out for me does not put any bad taste with us for the Jackson County School System. We love it here, and we love what they’re doing here.”
Robertson said his experiences at EJCHS have made him a better teacher.
“I was struggling a little bit because I came from a self contained autistic classroom down in Henry County. Basically, I really wasn’t teaching any academics. It was more life skills and daily living skills. So it took me a bit to get into the swing of things as far as being in a regular classroom where I have to teach an academic content area. I struggled with that early, but the principal of instruction and Dr. Stueck were very supportive of me, and got me to where I knew what was going on in a learning focus school. For that, I am very, very grateful. It has made me a better teacher.”
Through the adversity, Robertson says the things that have happened will make him a better coach.
“That’s a big positive that came out of this year. I told (the players) from the beginning that there’s something special going on at this school. I just hate that I can’t be a part of it.”